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2018 Election Endorsements

ONA’s Political Action Committees have endorsed these pro-nursing candidates based on a variety of factors including, voting record, support for nurse issues and overall alignment with ONA values and priorities.

Listed below are the candidates that have been endorsed by ONA's PACs at this point. You will find the position, candidate name and a short description about why the ONA PACs chose to endorse each candidate.

More endorsements will be posted as they are determined by the PACs.


Kate Brown

Governor Brown has been serving as Oregon’s Governor since February of 2015 where she has successfully helped pass, Oregon’s Nurses Week, the Cover All Kids bill to ensure that every Oregon child can access health care, Paid Sick Days legislation and Oregon’s “motor voter” bill to register 300,000 Oregonians to vote using their license information. Prior to running for public office, Brown practiced family and juvenile law, served for 17 years in the state legislature and for seven years as Oregon’s Secretary of State.

 U.S. Congressional Races

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
CD 1 (Washington County)

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamicci has served in Washington DC since her special election in 2012, and was most recently reelected again in 2016. In Congress, Bonamicci has been an advocate for nursing issues such as safe staffing, increase access to mental and oral health care, and investing in research institutions such as the National Institutes of Health. Prior to serving in Congress, Congresswoman Bonamicci practiced law, specializing in representing small businesses, and served in the state legislature for six years.

State Senate and House of Representatives

HD 37:
Rachel Prusak
(D - West Linn/Tualatin)

Rachel Prusak, MSN, APRN, FNP-C is an ONA member and Board Certified Registered Nurse, who has cared for people and has worked on the front lines of healthcare. In addition to providing care in Oregon, Rachel has provided emergency care in places like Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, has worked in rural communities across the country to ensure access to primary and preventative services, and has helped Senior Citizens and disabled Oregonians stay in their homes so that they may live their healthiest lives. Rachel formerly served on ONA’s PAC board where she brought her expertise and advocacy to Salem, testifying in front of the legislature and rallying around issues ranging from corporate transparency to safe nurse staffing.

HD 54:
Nathan Boddie
(D - Bend)

Nathan Boddie, MD is a Bend City Councilor and the Director and internal medical physician at Mosaic Medical, a non-profit community health clinic system in the Bend area. Boddie formerly served on the Provider Governance Council and as the chair of the Professionalism and Ethics Committee for St. Charles Medical Group and is the former chair of the Deschutes County Oregon League of Conservation Voters. He received his bachelor’s degree in Zoology, his graduate degree in Environmental Science, and his medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine.

HD 11:
Marty Wilde
(D - Eugene)

Marty Wilde currently works as Executive Director of the Lane County Medical Society and serves as a Colonel in the Oregon Air National Guard. He is an active community volunteer, serving as a member of the Eugene Police Commission and the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Lane County. Previously, he served as Co-Chair of the Mayor's Auditor Study Group, a member of the Eugene Budget Committee, as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman protecting the elderly, and as two-time President of the City Club of Eugene. Wilde has served for 23 years in the military, during which he served as Chief, Rule of Law in Afghanistan, helping to rebuild the Afghan justice system.

HD 24:
Shemia Fagan
(D - E. Portland)

Shemia Fagan is an employment lawyer, focusing her legal practice on employment challenges working parents face like pregnancy discrimination, medical leave, sick leave, pay equity, and sexual harassment. She is also a former State Representative where she served two terms representing SE Portland and Happy Valley. In her time at the legislature, she championed sidewalk and safety improvements. Fagan grew up in Eastern Oregon before earning her bachelor’s degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho before earning her JD from Lewis and Clark law school.

 2018 Friends of Nursing Awards/Endorsements

Following the 2017-18 Legislative Sessions, ON-PAC selected the following legislators to receive Friends of Nursing Awards in recognition of their outstanding leadership and support for ONA’s legislative agenda. These awards honor legislator commitment to improving nursing practice, patient care and public health outcomes and come with an endorsement for each of their campaigns for re-election.

  • ONA Hall of Fame: Senator Richard Devlin – SD 19 (Lake Oswego) Retired from the legislature after the 2017 session.
  • ONA Legislator of the Year: Representative Mitch Greenlick – HD 33 (Portland)
  • ONA Rising Star: Senator James Manning – SD 7 (Eugene)
  • ONA Rising Star: Representative Sheri Malstrom – HD 27 (Beaverton)
  • HD 8 (Eugene): Rep. Paul Holvey
  • HD 13 (Eugene): Rep. Nancy Nathanson
  • HD 16 (Corvallis): Rep. Dan Rayfield
  • HD 22 (Woodburn): Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon
  • HD 36 (Portland): Rep. Jennifer Williamson
  • HD 39 (Oregon City): Rep. Bill Kennemer
  • HD 42 (Portland): Rep. Rob Nosse 
  • HD 44 (N/NE Portland): Speaker of the House, Rep. Tina Kotek
  • HD 53 (Sunriver): Representative Gene Whisnant (Retired from the legislature after the 2018 session)
  • SD 6 (Springfield) Sen. Lee Beyer
  • SD 8 (Corvallis): Sen. Sara Gelser
  • SD 17 (NW Portland): Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
  • SD 21 (Portland): Sen. Kathleen Taylor
  • SD 23 (SE Portland): Sen. Michael Dembrow
  • SD 25 (Gresham/Troutdale): Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson

 2018 Legislative Endorsements

  • SD 15 (Hillsboro) Sen. Chuck Riley
  • SD 19 (Lake Oswego) Sen. Rob Wagner
  • HD 5 (Ashland) Pam Marsh
  • HD 10 (Newport) Rep. David Gomberg
  • HD 14 (Eugene) Rep. Julie Fahey
  • HD 20 (Monmouth) Rep. Paul Evans
  • HD 28 (Aloha) Rep. Jeff Barker
  • HD 29 (Hillsboro) Rep. Susan McLain
  • HD 30 (Hillsboro) Rep. Janeen Sollman
  • HD 31 (Clatskanie) Rep. Brat Witt
  • HD 34 (Beaverton) Rep. Ken Helm
  • HD 38 (Lake Oswego) Rep. Andrea Salinas
  • HD 40 (Oregon City) Rep. Mark Meek
  • HD 41 (Milwaukie) Rep. Karin Power
  • HD 43 (NE Portland) Rep. Tawna Sanchez
  • HD 45 (NE Portland) Rep. Barbara Smith Warner
  • HD 46 (NE Portland) Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer
  • HD 47 (East Portland) Rep. Diego Hernandez
  • HD 48 (Happy Valley) Rep. Jeff Reardon
  • HD 49 (Gresham) Rep. Chris Gorsek
  • HD 50 (Gresham) Rep. Carla Piluso
  • HD 51 (Clackamas) Rep.Janelle Bynum

 Multnomah County Commissioner

  • Chair: Commissioner Deborah Kafoury
  • District 2: Susheela Jayapal

 Ballot Measures

Ballot Measure Position Description
Initiative Petition 25 (IP 25) Support For decades, Oregon voters and lawmakers have been in the dark about how much individual corporations pay in taxes. Without this basic information, we can’t pass evidence-based and data driven policies. Initiative Petition 25 requires that publicly traded corporations operating in Oregon reveal what they pay in state taxes and what tax breaks and loopholes they take advantage of. This is the same information that these corporations already report for their federal taxes. IP 25 sheds light on corporate taxes and paves the way for a fair tax policy that benefits Oregon families while boosting our economy.

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