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Wilsonville Spokesman readers weigh in on the primary race for Oregon Senate

Woods is the real deal

In over 24 years in Wilsonville, Aaron Woods has become well-known as a hard-working, affable and respected member of the community. He listens carefully and contributes significantly. A member of the Development Review Board and then the Planning Commission, as well as the board of Clackamas County Community College, he was a 2021 finalist for Wilsonville Citizen of the Year and is co-chair of the Wilsonville Alliance for Inclusive Communities. He has had a long career in senior management at Tektronix and Xerox Corporation.

Aaron's background and life experiences include his education in Chicago's technical high schools, his US army service in the field of digital communications, his work for CompTIA to develop and certify digital skills as a part of a global system of education and certification for PC technicians (recognized by the Internet Hall of Fame), and work for Digitunity to broaden computer access. He is deeply committed to helping provide opportunities for success to all.

In short, the life experience, education, achievements, record of public service and expertise of Aaron Woods equip him to provide uniquely valuable service representing State Senate District 13 in Salem.

Kate Greenfield


King has her eye on the ball

Chelsea King deserves our attention when looking for a candidate to support for Oregon Senate District 13. We need someone in Salem who has been in our schools and seen their day-to-day functioning. Chelsea has firsthand experience as a parent, PTA president and school board leader. We have witnessed her dedication to understanding education, listening and giving space to constituent voices, and maintaining poise as a leader under intense community pressure. These are the attributes we crave for in our elected leaders, and Chelsea has demonstrated she walks the walk and not just talks the talk. Additionally we applaud Chelsea's focus on the mental health of our community. In a time when we have an all-time high of overdose deaths, community members battling addiction, seemingly overwhelming levels of unhoused persons, and a generation of children facing a mental health crisis, we need someone with their eye on the ball. Chelsea King is that person. As an adoptive and foster family, employed in health care and education, we are proud to know her and support her candidacy for Oregon State Senator. We invite you to do the same!

John and Nathan Hillan-Payne


King brings people together

I am writing to support Chelsea King for our new State Senate District 13. As a parent and a small business owner with a working-class background, Chelsea is acutely aware of the challenges families are facing today. She has demonstrated her commitment to education in her seven years as a West Linn-Wilsonville School Board member, the last year of which she was the chair. Having led the school board during the height of COVID-19, Chelsea has shown her capacity to navigate challenging situations with grace and compassion. Her work with schools has resulted in a K-12 Spanish immersion program and she led the effort for a Career and Technical High School opening in 2023. While Chelsea's qualifications are enough for me to support her, her consideration of the viewpoints of those who disagree with her is what I find most impressive. She works hard to consider all perspectives while staying true to her values. I have seen her bring people together as the chair of the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board, and I know her empathy will help bring much-needed unity to Salem. For these reasons, I will be voting for Chelsea King during the May 17th primary.

Siobhan Murphy


Why I support King for state Senate

Chelsea King has my vote May 17 and let me tell you why. She has been a trusted leader in our schools on the West-Linn Wilsonville School board and has advocated for equity, diversity and inclusion throughout that time. I have worked with her in advocating for programs like the Spanish-immersion K-12 program which has become an invaluable part of our community. We need forward thinkers, thoughtful inclusive advocates and sincere leaders; Chelsea embodies all of these qualities and more. Please join me in voting for Chelsea King for state Senate.

Dianne Knight


Aaron Woods is best for the environment

When opening the Voters' Pamphlet, I look first at a candidate's endorsements. And as I worry about our climate, wildlife and environment, one of the first endorsers I look for is the OLCV, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. OLCV's mission is "to protect Oregon's natural legacy, elect pro-environment candidates, and hold our elected officials accountable." OLCV has endorsed only one of the Democrats running to represent us as State Senator for the new Senate District 13: Aaron Woods. This is not surprising. Aaron Woods is a strong proponent of expanding fast Internet across our communities, including rural areas. Often this allows someone to work from home, taking one more car off our clogged (and polluting) highways. He advocates for increased middle housing and other housing affordability solutions, allowing people to live closer to where they work and reducing the pressure for more sprawl invading our open spaces and wildlife. Along with the best policies, he has the right background in business and technology to get smart, practical stuff done in Salem. We need to live more in harmony with nature. We need Aaron Woods.

Jane Frances Bicquette


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