Julie Parrish has been in Oregon's legislature since 2011. As a legislator, she's known for touting her experience as a mom, and claims that her experience informs the positions she takes on key issues. Unfortunately, that experience hasn't led to Julie voting in favor of any policies that would actually help Oregon families be more economically secure, or support them as they care for their families. That's why Rachel Prusak is the only candidate in this race who is endorsed by The Mother PAC and Oregon Nurses Association. That's how you know she's committed to fighting for the things Oregon families need.Here's a snapshot of just a few of the things Julie Parrish has voted against over the last few years:— Making sure everyone in Oregon can earn (and take) paid sick time when they need to recover from illness or care for a loved one. Paid sick time is especially important for parents, who often use their sick days to care for sick kids. Without paid sick time, common illnesses can make it really hard for families to make ends meet. Julie Parrish voted no on paid sick time.— Increasing the minimum wage. Two-thirds of minimum wage earners are women, many of whom are working to support their families on poverty-level wages. Despite this well-known data, Julie Parrish voted no on increasing the minimum wage.— Ensuring more Oregonians can save for retirement. Because of the workplace penalties that mothers often face — lower wages, fewer opportunities for promotions or raises, and more time away from work caring for their families and not earning Social Security or other work-sponsored retirement — mothers are more likely to retire in poverty. When Julie Parrish had a chance to support a program that would help more mothers save for retirement, she voted no.— Expanding reproductive health care. Women have the right to choose when, how and whether to become mothers. Last year, Oregon expanded access to the full range of reproductive health care services, from birth control to abortion to prenatal care to postpartum care, for women across the state, regardless of income or status. Julie Parrish voted against this effort.— Ensuring access to affordable, quality health care. Julie Parrish was a chief architect behind this year's Measure 101, a ballot measure that would have taken health care services away from 400,000 low-income Oregonians, many of whom are mothers and children. Rachel Prusak, on the other hand, is committed to fighting for working families. She supports paid family and medical leave, to support both new mothers and fathers but also those who need care at other stages of their lives. Rachel is focused on making high-quality child care more affordable and accessible for families across the state. And she will champion making health care more affordable and accessible for mothers and children, regardless of their income.Rachel Prusak is a stark contrast to what we've come to expect from Julie Parrish — someone who talks about caring for working families, but doesn't do much to actually help them. If you're looking for a candidate who is really committed to fighting for the things working families need, vote for change. Vote for Rachel Prusak.
Jordan Ferris is a resident of West Linn.
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