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What’s Next

by Jessica Vega Pederson

This week I thought we would be celebrating the first woman president. But instead I started Wednesday morning with a conversation with my daughter and my son about the election results. I told them how the person you want to win sometimes doesn't in elections, and that it's something we've been through before.

But most of all, I talked to them about how important it is to get back up after you've been knocked down. How to never stop fighting for what you believe, especially after failing. How America is beautiful because of its diversity and strong because we keep fighting to make things better for all people. We talked about the importance of being kind, being open, and being accepting and how standing up for yourself and others is even more important than ever.

Those are the values I’ve fought for as a State Representative, and those are the values I will continue to fight for as a Multnomah County Commissioner. Thank you for your support throughout my campaign, and I’m proud to serve as a Multnomah County Commissioner.

I can’t wait to start serving in January with an amazing group of women, including Chair Deborah Kafoury, Commissioner Loretta Smith and the newly elected women, Sharon Meieran and Lori Stegmann. Congratulations to Sharon and Lori!

As my time in the Oregon legislature ends, I’m looking forward to watching the next generation of women and legislators of color make big changes in our state. Congratulations to Diego Hernandez who will take over for me in House District 47, Janelle Bynum in HD 51, Tawna Sanchez in HD 43, Teresa Alonso Leon in HD 22, Julie Fahey in HD 14, and Karin Power in HD 41.

They’ll be joining the strong female leadership in Oregon’s House of Representatives with Speaker Tina Kotek, House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, Rep. Ann Lininger, Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, and Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, and many others.

We accomplished remarkable things together and I know there is so much more goodness in store for our state.

Posted on November 10, 2016.

Meet Jessica

I am a mother, a business professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

As Multnomah County Commissioner I’ve fought to make sure every member of our community has what they need to succeed. I want to make Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. I'm ready to get to work and I hope you'll join us!

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