Wife of Oregon gubernatorial candidate dies in Salem
Dr. Selma Pierce, the wife of 2016 Oregon gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce, was struck and killed by an SUV Tuesday evening, Dec. 1, in Salem.
The crash came a day after Bud Pierce announced he would be running for Oregon governor in 2022.
Selma Pierce, 66, was hit by the Chevrolet SUV at about 5 p.m. near Eola Drive Northwest at Doaks Ferry Road, according to Salem police. She died at the scene.
Early indications show Pierce was in the road when she was hit. The driver stayed at the scene and was cooperating, officials said.
Dr. Bud Pierce confirmed his wife's death a short time later on Facebook:
"Selma Pierce, the glue of the Pierce family, an angel of a person, the only woman that I have ever loved, died this evening in a sudden and tragic accident. We cannot believe that she has left us, but we are comforted in the knowledge that she is with God, and we will see her again."
Selma Pierce ran as the Republican candidate for election to the Oregon House in 2018 and again in 2020. She was a dentist.
Bud Pierce, 64, a Salem oncologist, made his first run for office in the 2016 special election for governor, defeating Allen Alley in the GOP primary and running against Gov. Kate Brown that November.
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