Local candidates featured on statewide elections
As election season unfolds, voters in northern Marion County will see a handful of familiar names on upcoming ballot, and not just in local races for mayoral and city council seats.
Two local candidates from Woodburn and Gervais will square off in November for the right to represent constituents in House District 22 — Democratic incumbent Teresa Alonso Leon and Republican challenger Anna Kasachev. House District 22 spans both sides of Interstate 5 from the north side of Woodburn city limits, including Gervais and parts of the French Prairie region, east Keizer and north Salem.
Teresa Alonso Leon
Seeking her third full term in the Oregon House of Representatives, Alonso Leon went to school in the Woodburn/Gervais area and worked for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission as the High School Equivalency and GED Administrator.
She was appointed to Woodburn City Council in 2013 and elected as House District 22 Representative in 2016, where she continues to pursue education legislation as the vice chair for the Committee on Higher Education and Workforce development, as well as being a member of the Committee on Health Care and the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services.
To learn more about Alonso Leon's campaign, go to www.teresafororegon.com
Hailing from Gervais, Kasachev is seeking to become House District 22's first Republican representative since Cliff Zauner won the seat in 2002.
In a May Street Roots news story, Kasachev said she entered the political scene following several recent legislative decisions that upset the Russian Old Believer community, such as House Bill 3064, which would have eliminated non-medical exemptions for vaccination.
According to her campaign page, Kasachev is seeking to provide a voice for those who want to see family decisions and religious beliefs stay out of the Oregon Legislature. "I am not a politician," Kasachev states on her campaign page. "I see no glory in a title, only in the job being done well and with respect towards all people."
To learn more about Kasachev's campaign, go to www.annakasachev.com.
Besides the local race for the House of Representatives, northern Marion County will see another name on the ballot, albeit a bit further south on I-5.
Former Woodburn High School student Taylor Rickey is running as the Libertarian candidate for Oregon Senate District 10, which is held by Republican incumbent Denyc Boles.
This is the first election for District 10 following the death of former Sen. Jackie Winters, who passed away from lung cancer in 2019. Winters served 17 years as the representative of the district, which spans both Marion and Polk counties, covering south Salem and the surrounding region. Following her death, Boles was appointed to fill the seat for the interim until the November election, which will fulfill the remainder of Winters' original term that runs through 2021.
Rickey is the third party challenger to Boles and Democratic challenger Deb Patterson. According to his Ballotpedia page, Rickey is originally from Flint, Michigan, and worked his first job at the Woodburn Drag Strip, serving as a fuel attendant when he was 14 years old.
Rickey said his platform includes criminal justice reform, reducing taxes and reforming PERS, as well as addressing homelessness in the state. "Our greatest challenge will be the affordable housing crisis," Rickey said. "We have a homeless epidemic in Oregon and we need to fix it."
To learn more about Rickey's campaign, go to www.facebook.com/trickey2020.
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