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School district chair says he'll tap his experience to tackle housing, health care and child care costs.

Woodburn School District Board Chair Anthony Medina has officially filed as a Democrat to run for the Oregon District 22 state representative seat.

Medina's primary opponent will be Karl Emmrich, an accounts receivable and cancellations clerk at Capitol Auto Group and a precinct committee person. District 22 Republican primary will see Tracy Cramer and Jim Lowder vying to run in November.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Anthony Medina

The district includes Woodburn, Gervais, Brooks and much of north Salem. It currently is served by Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon, D-Woodburn, who announced earlier that she is seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Oregon's 6th Congressional District.

Born and raised in Oregon, Medina has considerable background working with issues that directly affect public well-being. He said he is especially concerned with the rising costs of housing, health care and child care.

Medina is a senior education policy analyst with the state of Oregon, and he has worked at the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and as an assistant budget and policy analyst with the executive branch of the state of Oregon.

He earned a bachelor's degree in public policy and administration from Western Oregon University and a master's in policy, organization and leadership studies from Stanford University. Medina is a Gervais High School alum.

"Anthony is a leader who can proudly represent and reflect District 22," Alonso Leon said. "As the chair of the Woodburn School District Board, he led the district through some of the toughest times in the history of public education.

"I look forward to watching his impact on the district and the state of Oregon."

As a father of three and the first member of his family to graduate high school and attend college, Medina said he is a strong advocate for public education and has led initiatives to provide additional funding for K-12 schools and classrooms.

Medina said he wants to address the cost of living so families can be less concerned with eking out livings and more focused on building better futures. He added that he aims to stand up for hard-working Oregonians at every stage of life, supporting educational and workforce opportunities and ensuring people have access to affordable, quality health care.

He emphasized the need for continued acknowledgement of current setbacks and address them.

"We need to strengthen Oregon's economy," Medina said. "Working families most impacted by the pandemic cannot afford to be left behind."

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