Jessica Vega Pederson Launches Campaign for County Commissioner
“District 3 Families Deserve A Proven Leader for Our Neighborhoods”
Saying she’s ready to build on her strong record of progressive accomplishments in Salem, State Representative Jessica Vega Pederson announced her candidacy today for Multnomah County Commission, District 3. Vega Pederson will be running for the seat currently held by Commissioner Judy Shiprack who is not seeking re-election in 2016.
“Ever since my neighbors gave me the honor of representing them in the Legislature, I’ve fought hard every day for a brighter future for all our families,” Vega Pederson said.
“I’ve worked with neighborhood associations and public officials at all levels of government to improve the safety of our roads, sidewalks and intersections,” Representative Vega Pederson continued. “I’ve stood shoulder-to-shoulder with our diverse immigrant communities for equity and fairness for all our children. I’ve worked with parents and teachers to invest more in our K-12 schools and fund full-day kindergarten for every school district in Oregon to give all our kids a strong start. With the support of working women and men, I helped lead the fight to pass a new paid sick days law so all working Oregonians can take care of themselves and their families.”
“Now, I’m ready to do even more for the neighborhoods we all love and call home,” Vega Pederson commented. “I want to make sure Multnomah County continues to be a great place to live. As a Multnomah County Commissioner, I’ll fight for a living wage that can truly support a family and for affordable housing in every community. I’ll prioritize our seniors and veterans by supporting programs and services that address their unique needs. I’ll also work to increase access to mental health services and drug treatment programs and to safeguard the quality of our land, air and water.”
Vega Pederson is already enjoying strong support in her campaign bid from a broad cross-section of community leaders:
“I believe Jessica Vega Pederson humanizes our diverse communities, demonstrating the qualities we need in a Multnomah County Commissioner - knowledge, competency and grace,” said Joseph Santos-Lyons, a local Community Minister and Racial Justice Activist.
“I continue to be impressed with Jessica’s strong leadership in Salem on issues that matter to women and families,” said Governor Barbara Roberts. “I know she will be a great advocate for economic and social fairness across Multnomah County.”
“Jessica Vega Pederson knows how to get things done,” said Multnomah County Commission Chair Deborah Kafoury. “Jessica doesn’t just talk about problems, she works with her neighbors to find innovative solutions. We need her common sense leadership on the County Commission.”
Jessica Vega Pederson currently represents House District 47 in East Portland. She was the first Latina elected to the Oregon House. As Chair of the Energy and Environment committee, Jessica was instrumental in passing the continuation of Oregon’s Clean Fuels program to reduce pollution, advance the renewable energy sector and create good-paying jobs. As Vice-Chair of the House Revenue Committee, she has been instrumental in crafting responsible, transparent budgets that ensure taxpayers see high returns on their public investments. Prior to her work in the Legislature, she worked in the tech sector, helping start-ups, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies to grow their business. Jessica and her husband, Aaron, live in the Hazelwood neighborhood of East Portland with their two young children.