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Democratic incumbent Teresa Alonso Leon is seeking reelection to represent House District 22. She is being challenged by Republican Marty Heyen, a member of the Salem-Keizer School Board. The election is Nov. 6.

Teresa Alonso Leon

COURTESY PHOTO - Teresa Alonso LeonRelevant Experience:

• Current State Representative HD 22 (2017-present)

• Previously Woodburn City Councilor (2013-2016)

• Previous State High School Equivalency and GED Administrator (2014 - 2017)

Why are you running?

I am running for re-election because during my first term as a legislator, I have been honored to support the work we have done to ensure that all Oregonians have the access they need to healthcare, a quality education and living wage jobs.

There is so much more that I want to accomplish as your legislator and you can count on me to always keep the best interests of our students, working families and small businesses in mind as I work to get Salem's priorities straight and create a government that's accountable to everyone in our community.

What are the three biggest issues facing the district?

1. I am committed to investing in our local public schools and to creating real solutions so that all students in Oregon have an opportunity to thrive.

2. Our district needs a legislator who will continue to champion the needs of small businesses and stand up for fair wages and a safe workplace.

3. It is also important for me to create a fair economy for our working families, so that they are able to get ahead here in Oregon, and not just get by. Too many of our elders are struggling to make ends meet while living on a fixed income, and this is a long term problem that we need to address now for future generations.

What three things would you like to accomplish if elected?

1. We need to re-invest in education so we can boost graduation rates, lower class sizes, and address the rising cost of college. I'm proud of the historic public education funding package we passed in the 2017 session, but there is still much more work to do. I am committed to investing in jobs skills training, career and technical education in our high schools, so every Oregonian can find a good-paying job.

2. Oregon needs to level the playing field for small businesses by not giving tax breaks to big out-of-state corporations. I will never stop working for a future where everyone in Oregon has an opportunity to succeed.

3. Access to quality, affordable health care is one of the biggest challenges of our time. I am currently on a taskforce to take on one of the most rapidly increasing costs in the healthcare system – prescription drug prices. No one should have to choose between paying their rent or buying their medications.

Three reasons you are the best candidate for the job:

1. For the last two years, I have made it a priority to carry our communities voices with me to Salem, always working to serve with integrity and to be the bold leader this district needs. I look forward to creating policy that supports the constituents in my district during my next term.

2. I proud to say that I have delivered on the issues that matter most for local families. I have defended our community from attacks on our health care, worked to expand Medicaid, and have taken on Big Pharma to help lower prescription drug prices.

3. I have also brought state education dollars to our district for programs like the Mike McLaren Center for Student Success, in order to prepare students for a strong future after graduation.

Hobbies/interests:

Not a lot of people know that one of my personal passions is ballroom dance. I began dancing when I was an undergrad, and participated in amateur ballroom dance competitions. My favorite ballroom dance is the salsa, and I have even been an extra in ballroom dance scenes in movies!

Another hobby of mine is running - I have run in the Portland Marathon three times and will be competing again this October 6th. I also recently completed the Hood to Coast Relay, teaming up with other runners to cover 200 beautiful Oregon miles.

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Marty Heyen

COURTESY PHOTO - Marty HeyenRelevant Experience:

Salem-Keizer School Board Director

Why are you running?

As a mother and a Salem-Keizer School Board member, there is nothing more important to me than ensuring our children are given every opportunity to succeed.

That has been my mission while serving on the school board, making sure our education system is the best it can be for our kids.

However, more must be done at the highest levels of government in Oregon to ensure Oregon's future remains bright.

Whether its reigning in reckless spending, reducing the cost of living for working class families, or protecting the freedoms given to us under the Oregon Constitution, I am running for State Representative to put Oregon back on a track towards prosperity.

What are the three biggest issues facing the district?

Cost of living is a huge concern in our community, especially amongst working class and senior citizens.

Additionally, I believe more work needs to be done to improve education and create more local jobs.

What three things would you like to accomplish if elected?

As State Representative I hope to find ways to improve Oregon's educational system, create more family-wage jobs, and reduce the financial burden Oregon's government puts on taxpayers.

three reasons you are the best candidate for the job:

Being a local school board member, I have been able to foster a special relationship with both teachers and parents in our community and I hope to bring their concerns to Salem.

As a mom, I also understand the challenges that many women face between raising a family and helping to put food on the table.

Finally, as someone whose mother is a senior citizen, I can relate to the struggles many families face with caring for a loved one and trying to grapple with the rising cost of healthcare.

Hobbies/interests:

I love creating, discovering and helping people, but one of my greatest passions is "creating." I'm a quilter, I've even won a few ribbons from State and County fairs for my work. I love growing vegetables, watching the seed I plant in the earth turn into something I can put on the dinner table.

I also love to explore. One of my more unusual hobbies is searching for fossils (I'm even a member of a local rock club). This has been a common hobby in my family for generations. Finally, one of my lifelong hobbies has always been hiking and photography, traveling to new destinations and taking pictures of the environment and wildlife.

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