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The technology executive lives in Lake Oswego. Her husband, Rob Wagner, is Oregon Senate majority leader.

COURTESY PHOTO - Laurie Cremona WagnerLaurie Cremona Wagner announced last week that she plans to run for an open seat on Portland Community College's Board of Directors.

Cremona Wagner is a vice president of Oracle Corp., a Texas-based technology company with offices in Hillsboro and Portland. Her husband is Rob Wagner, a state senator and former chair of the Lake Oswego School Board, who has served since last year as majority leader of the Oregon Senate.

"Education is the key to accelerating our economic recovery," Cremona Wagner wrote in a Jan. 23 statement provided to the Pamplin Media Group. "This is why I'm running for the Portland Community College Board. PCC is the largest college in Oregon — the economic first responder that will help Oregon recover more quickly from this downturn."

Cremona Wagner is already involved with PCC, where she co-chairs a business advisory council. She sits on a state advisory board as well, the Workforce and Talent Development Board.

The seat Cremona Wagner is seeking is director of Zone 1, which includes Tigard, Lake Oswego, Sherwood, King City, Durham, Rivergrove, most of Tualatin, and parts of Beaverton and Wilsonville. Incumbent Denise Frisbee is not seeking re-election.

"At PCC, I'll work to connect the needs of students, faculty and staff with industry, community partners and government," Cremona Wagner declared. "I'll advocate for policy, funding and programs to drive awareness, access and pathways for Oregon's current and potential workforce to enter and succeed in jobs that will build a better future for all of us."

PCC board members are elected by geographic zone. There are seven zones in all, each covering a slice of the PCC district, which encompasses all of Washington County and parts of neighboring Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah and Yamhill counties.

Elected board members serve four-year terms, with elections held in May of odd-numbered years.

By Mark Miller
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