Youngest member of Legislature, 25, to run for Oregon Senate next year
State Rep. WInsvey Campos has announced that she will run for Senate in a recently-drawn district.
Campos will seek the new Senate District 18 seat, which is entirely within Washington County and includes the community of Aloha, areas of South Hillsboro and central Beaverton and rural unincorporated areas south to the Yamhill County border.
She currently serves House District 28 — a district that is largely contained within the new SD 18 boundaries — which includes Aloha and parts of Beaverton.
At 25, Campos is the youngest member of the Oregon Legislature. She was elected to HD 28 in 2020 after beating Republican Daniel Martin with 65% of the vote.
She serves as the vice-chair of the House Housing Committee, as well as on redistricting and health care committees and the Joint Committee on Ways and Means' Human Services Subcommittee.
In a Thursday, Nov. 18, statement announcing her candidacy for SD 18, Campos cited her chief sponsorship of House Bill 3352, which was passed last year. Dubbed "Cover All People," the law expands health care access for adults who would qualify for Medicaid regardless of immigration status.
She said she advocated for legislation aimed at addressing homelessness by investing in wraparound services, tenant support, homeownership and housing supply.
Campos also supported bills directed at childcare, health care and clean energy, she said.
"I went into the legislature thinking not only that we can do better for our communities, but that we must do better," Campos said.
The daughter of Latino immigrants, Campos grew up in Bandon and attended Pacific University, where she received bachelor's degrees in political science and philosophy.
"While my background, identity and upbringing represents some (and certainly will help bring a diversity of perspectives missing from the Senate), I can't claim to understand the life experiences of the myriad of groups who have felt marginalized," Campos said. "But what I can do is continue to listen to community concerns, be an advocate and fight for solutions and a more representative democracy. I am running to be a voice for the communities who still lack representation and an advocate in the Senate."
She has worked as a transitional housing case manager at Family Promise of Beaverton. Campos also worked in political organizing for the Oregon Nurses Association and the advocacy group Our Oregon.
Campos has received several notable endorsements, including those from Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty, Washington County Board of Commissioners Chair Kathryn Harrington and state senators James Manning and Chuck Riley. The majority of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District board and several members of the House have also endorsed Campos.
The November 2022 election for SD 18 comes after Democratic Sen. Ginny Burdick left the seat early at the end of October to transition to her new job at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
Democrats will appoint someone to serve the district through 2022 under the district's current boundaries, which cover parts of west Portland and Tigard.
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