Marion County Commission Vice-Chair Patti Milne has filed to run for election in State Senate District 11, which extends from Woodburn to South SUBMITTED - Patti Milne

The district is currently represented by State Senate President Peter Courtney, who has served in that position since 1998. He has been Senate president since 2003.

Milne, a small business owner, has served the Woodburn-Salem area as county commissioner for over 15 years.

She wrote in a press release that her bid for State Senate comes from a deep desire to serve and help others by bringing common-sense solutions to the challenges of jobs, education, public safety and health care currently affecting Oregonians of all walks of life.

“Senate District 11 is my home, these are my neighbors,” she said in the press release. “These are the people I have served for 25 years, beginning on the Woodburn School Board, three terms previously in the legislature and now as a county commissioner. I know them and I know the district.”

Milne’s work as Marion County commissioner began in 1999, following her service in the State House of Representatives for three terms from 1993 through 1998.

As a county commissioner, Milne spearheaded cost-effective programs that include department audits, a Rainy Day Fund, Health Savings Accounts for employees and a county wellness program.

She serves on the Marion County Budget Committee, Marion County Housing Authority, Northwest Senior & Disability Services board of directors, SEDCOR (Strategic Economic Development Corporation of the Mid-Willamette Valley) executive council and board of directors, Travel Salem, Mid-Willamette Jobs Council and Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network.

In partnership with Volcanoes Baseball, Milne created “Striking Out Meth in Marion-Polk Counties,” an annual event that celebrates and recognizes community efforts in the fight against meth and other dangerous drug abuse, now in its ninth year.

Milne was instrumental in instituting the Marion County Veterans’ Task Force which supports and honors veterans and their families living in Marion County.

In her civic duties, Milne has been involved in many community organizations including active involvement at Blanchet Catholic School since its inception, serving on the board of directors and now the President’s Advisory Board. She is a long-time member of Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce and is president-elect of Woodburn Rotary Club.

“Rotary’s motto is ‘Service Above Self,’ and I carry that philosophy into my service to the citizens of this great state,” Milne said in the press release. “I’ve never considered myself a politician. Like most Oregonians, I have faced a number of challenges throughout my life and have worked hard to overcome them. I desire to serve others with that knowledge and experience so all citizens may capitalize on the opportunities America offers and achieve their goals and dreams.”

For more information, contact the campaign office at 541-890-0108 or visit

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