2020 ONA 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.


State Ballot Measures and Candidates

 Ballot Measures

Ballot Measure Position Description

Yes for a Healthy Future Yes on 108

YES on Measure 108


ONA has long led the charge around proactive tobacco and nicotine reduction policies in Salem, including raising the price of nicotine and tobacco products. In 2019, we crafted and passed a policy in the state legislature to increase Oregon’s tobacco tax by $2 (which puts us on par with, but still lower than prices in California and Washington) and a brand new tax on e-cigarettes, which are addicting a whole new generation of Oregonians. The tax will go directly to the Oregon Health Plan so that the most vulnerable Oregonians can continue to access care, and to public health prevention and cessation programs so that current smokers have all the resources they need to quit. The policy will now be on the November 2020 ballot for voter approval.

We know that raising the price is the most effective intervention tool and Oregon is falling well behind most of the country in our tobacco and nicotine taxes – that’s why we are supporting Legislative Referral 402 Yes for a Health Future this November!

Yes on 110

Yes on Measure 110

Measure 110 would reclassify low-level possession of certain drugs to be a Class E violation, triggering a fine and/or treatment – rather than the current approach which in these cases applies criminal penalties of felony or misdemeanor. It would create drug addiction treatment and recovery facilities for these populations dealing with addiction. It is funded by excess revenues brought in by Oregon’s marijuana tax. Health providers, including ONA nurses, see that jail is often an impediment to lasting recovery from substance use disorder, not a solution, making Measure 110 an important step for our state and for these vulnerable populations.

Yes on 216-214

Yes on 26-214
Multnomah County


Measure 26-214 establishes a Preschool for All program that, once in effect, makes the early learning of three- and four-year-olds provided tuition-free for Multnomah County families. The measure ensures early childhood educators make a living wage. The program is funded by an income tax on high incomes (households making over $200,000). The data show that stable early education is preventative of a broad range of poor health outcomes, making this policy impactful for families in the present but also individuals lifelong.

Yes on 108

Yes on 26-217
City of Portland

True, effective oversight of the Portland Police Bureau was a gaping hole in Portland’s justice system. Many instances, some of which recent since the protests for Black lives accelerated in 2020, of under-investigated, under-prosecuted police violence have illustrated this. Measure 26-217 represents one promising fix to the broken system, by replacing the feeble, highly secretive current structure of holding officers accountable with a structure that is community led and empowered to discipline in cases of police misconduct.


Statewide Officials

Secretary of State
Shemia Fagan

Senator Fagan a civil rights and employment attorney for workers who has represented Senate District 24 since 2019.  She served in the Oregon House from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that she served on the David Douglas School Board. She was awarded Friend of Nursing honors from ONA due to her work in the 2019-20 session where she was the chair of the Housing and Development Committee and on the Senate Health Care committee. Senator Fagan was raised in Dufur and the Dalles and earned her BA from Northwest Nazarene University and her JD from Lewis and Clark Law School. Learn more about Shemia at shemiafororegon.com.

Attorney General
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

A former federal prosecutor and state trial and appellate judge, Ellen Rosenblum has been serving as Attorney General since 2012.  Attorney General Rosenblum has been active in local and national organizations of lawyers, judges and attorneys general. She has served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General and she is a past Chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General. She earned her BA and JD from the University of Oregon. Learn more at www.ellenrosenblum.com


State Senate and House of Representatives

HD 15:
Miriam Cummins

Miriam Cummins is a nonprofit leader, parent, and school board member.  She has a particular background in language, working through residents’ language barriers, and access to services for marginalized communities.  She is running to emphasize the needs of working families at a time when it is exceedingly difficult to be poor, and even more so for communities of color dealing with generations of inequitable impacts and inadequate representation.  She was elected to the Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District Board in 2019. Learn more at miriamgcummins.com

HD 19:
Jackie Leung
(South Salem, Aumsville, Turner)

Councilor Jackie Leung is a first-term Salem City Councilor and a leading voice in health equity.  She serves as the executive director of Micronesian Islander Community, a nonprofit that has an emphasis, among many others, on helping Micronesians and other Pacific Islanders navigate the health system. She has a J.D. from Willamette University and an M.S. in Community and Behavioral Health from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Learn more at jackiefororegon.org.

HD 28:
WLnsvey Campos
(Beaverton Aloha)

WLnsvey Campos is a case manager for Family Promise of Beaverton where she helps families experiencing houselessness find their new homes. Wlnsvey was raised in Bandon, by a single immigrant father in a low-income household. After earning her BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Pacific University, she ran a School Board campaign before working at Our Oregon on the A Better Oregon Campaign and with the Oregon Nurses Association on the Measure 101 campaign and Rachel Prusak’s state legislative race. Wlsnvey has been very active with the Washington County Democratic party and currently serves as the chair of the Latinx Outreach Committee and on the Board of NextUp Oregon. Visit www.camposfororegon.com to learn more.

HD 32: Debbie Boothe-Schmidt
(Astoria, Tillamook)

Debbie Boothe-Schmidt is a longtime trial assistant for the Clatsop County criminal justice system and also co-owns the Phog Bouncer Antique Mall in Astoria. She is an AFSCME member and served as President of her local, which represents county workers and behavioral health organizations, for 6 years. She currently serves as the chair of the Sunset Empire Transportation District, the county’s bus system, Board of Commissioners. She was formerly a city councilor in Seldovia, Alaska. Debbie grew up in Pendleton and earned a degree from the Academy of Business College. Learn more about Debbie at https://debbiefororegon.com/

HD 33:
Representative Maxine Dexter, MD
(NW Portland)

Representative Maxine Dexter MD is a pulmonologist in the Kaiser system since 2008. She has also served as the Director on the Board of Northwest Permanente since 2014.  She earned her BA and MD from the University of Washington. She then did her residencies and fellowship at University of Colorado Denver where she also earned a Certificate in Public Health. After long-time Representative Mitch Greenlick passed away, Maxine was appointed to fill his seat and has been serving in the state legislature since Spring 2020. Learn more at https://www.maxinefororegon.com/

HD 35:
Dacia Grayber

Dacia Grayber has been a firefighter and paramedic with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue for the last 7 years. She serves as a Public Safety Commissioner with Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission and is active in her union, IAFF Local 1660. She is also the founder and director of the Compassionate Care Center at the local Tigard shelter for houseless people. In Salem, she was active in testifying on behalf of common-sense gun firearm legislation and on Paid Family and Medical Leave, sharing her story of her husband’s recent cancer diagnosis. Dacia studied at Reed, Columbia and earned her BS in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Concordia University. Visit www.daciafororegon.com to learn more.

HD 36:
Lisa Reynolds, MD
(SW Portland)

Dr. Lisa Reynolds has been a pediatrician with the Children’s Clinic Legacy Health for the last 25 years. She has been an advocate with Mom’s Demand Action for common-sense gun control. She received her bachelors degree from the University of Chicago and her MD from UCLA. She completed her residencies at UCLA and Emanual Children’s Hospital. Learn more at https://www.lisafororegon.com/

HD 46:
Khanh Pham
(SE Portland)

Khanh is a longtime community organizer and leader with OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. She is also a founding member of the Portland Clean Energy Fund Coalition which helped pass a Portland ballot measure in 2018 for clean energy prioritizing low-income communities and communities of color. She has a background as an organizer and manager at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, as a family advocate for refugees and in development for the global fund for women and public health organizations. She earned her BA from Lewis and Clark and her Masters from Portland State University. Learn more about Khanh at https://khanhphamfororegon.com/

HD 47:
Ashton Simpson
(East Portland)

Ashton Simpson is an Air Force veteran and a nonprofit worker at Rosewood Initiative in East Portland. With a nuts-and-bolts, engineering mentality and a keen interest in infrastructure, Ashton looks for ways to improve lives in the immediate term, and especially for those who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in East Portland, his too-often-underrepresented community. He has served on the Portland Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee and the Portland Equitable Mobility Task Force. Learn more at ashtonforeastportland.com

HD 49:
Zach Hudson

Zach Hudson is a special education teacher at Reynolds High School and has also taught at Gresham High School, Corbett High School, and Mount Hood Community College.  Additionally Zach is a Troutdale City Councilor, having served on the city council since 2017.  Prior to his election, Zach spent six years on both the Troutdale Budget Committee and Troutdale Citizens Advisory Committee. Zach earned degrees from King Alfred’s College in England and his Masters in Education from Portland State University. Learn more at https://electzachhudson.com

HD 50:
Ricki Ruiz

Ricki Ruiz is the Community Services Coordinator for the City of Gresham where he coordinates the Neighborhood Watch Program, the Youth Advisory Council, the Youth Recreation Programs and general community outreach.  He also serves on the Reynolds School District Board and as co-liaison of Gresham’s Youth Advisory Council, and on the Regional Arts & Culture Council.  He co-founded the Rockwood Initiative, a youth recreation-focused community-based organization. He earned his degree from Warner Pacific College. Learn more at https://www.ricki4oregon.com

HD 54:
Jason Kropf

Jason Kropf has served as a Deputy District Attorney for Deschutes County since 2005. Jason was elected to the Board of the Bend Park and Recreation District in 2019 and has served on the Board of Directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Central Oregon since 2012. He formerly worked as worked as a public defender and for Legal Aid, primarily working with at-risk youth in both delinquency and dependency matters. He grew up in Clackamas County in a union family and went on to earn his Bachelors degree in Philosophy from Oregon State University and his JD from U of O.  Learn more about Jason at https://jasonkropfforbend.com

SD 5:
Commissioner Melissa Cribbins
(Coos Bay, Lincoln City)

Commissioner Melissa Cribbins has been serving as a Coos County Commissioner since 2012. She formerly worked as legal counsel for the Coquille Indian Tribe and served as a tribal prosecutor and attorney in trial child welfare cases. She also spent six years working in the drinking water industry to make sure people had access to safe drinking water. She has served on a number of local land and environment boards and in leadership roles and the Association of Oregon Counties. She earned a degree in biology and biochemistry from Portland State University and her JD from Gonzaga School of Law. Learn more at https://www.melissacribbins.com

SD 10:
Deb Patterson

Reverend Deb Patteron is an SEIU union member and Personal Support Worker for her daugher with disabilities. She is also an ordained Congregational minister currently in ministry at a church in Canby. She is the Chair of the Marion County Health Advisory Board and is a Commissioner on the Oregon Disabilities Commission.  Formerly she was executive director of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center, which — in connection with 15,000 RNs — supports and advances nursing in faith settings. She has a Master’s of Healthcare Administration, a Master’s of Divinity, and a Doctorate of Ministry. Learn more about Deb at https://www.debpattersonor.org

SD 12:
Bernadette Hansen
(McMinnville, Dallas, Jefferson)

Bernadette Hansen

As a candidate Bernadette Hansen emphasizes being science-based and the smart use of Oregon’s treasured natural resources.  She brings to her candidacy a background in rural lands and water, as – in different turns – an administrator of the State Senate’s Water Policy Committee, an employee of Oregon Water Resources Department, and executive director of the nonprofit Greater Yamhill Watershed Council. She campaigns on prioritizing the needs of working families, the needs of rural Oregon, and our general need across the state to solve problems by recognizing common ground and common goals. Learn more at bernadettehansen.com

SD 14:
Kate Lieber

Kate Lieber is a criminal justice instructor at Portland Community College where she has been teaching since 1998. She formerly served as a Multnomah County deputy District Attorney where she specialized in child abuse and domestic violence cases. Kate’s community service includes the state Psychiatric Security Review Board from 2009 to 2017, five of those years as chair, and Transition Projects Inc., a nonprofit that runs a majority of the shelter beds in Multnomah County. She also is on the board of Oregon Episcopal School. She earned her law degree from Indiana University. Learn more at https://www.katefororegon.com

SD 25:
Rep. Chris Gorsek

Representative Chris Gorsek has been serving House District 49, which includes the cities of Fairview, Troutdale, Wood Village and northern Gresham, in 2012. While serving, he continues to teach geography and criminal justice full time at Mt. Hood Community College. Prior to teaching at MHCC, Rep. Gorsek was a police officer with the Portland Police Bureau for seven years. Chris received his B.S. and M.A. from the University of Oregon and his Ph. D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University while working full-time to support his family. Visit www.chrisgorsek.com to learn more.

 2020 Friends of Nursing Awards/Endorsements

Following the 2019 and 2020 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 protecting workers’ rights, improving nursing practice and patient health outcomes and come with an endorsement for each of their campaigns for re-election.

  • ONA Legislator of the Year: Sen. Rob Wagner – SD 19 (Lake Oswego)
  • ONA Rising Star: Rep. Rachel Prusak –HD 37 (Tualatin)
  • SD 3 (Ashland) Sen. Jeff Golden
  • SD 8 (Corvallis): Sen. Sara Gelser
  • SD 21 (Portland): Sen. Kathleen Taylor
  • SD 24 (Happy Valley): Sen. Shemia Fagan
  • HD 49 (Gresham): Rep. Chris Gorsek
  • HD 21 (Salem): Rep. Brian Clem

 2020 Legislative Endorsements

  • SD 18 (Portland): Sen. Ginny Burdick
  • SD 22 (Portland): Sen. Lew Frederick
  • SD 23 (SE Portland): Sen. Michael Dembrow
  • HD 5 (Ashland): Pam Marsh
  • HD 8 (Eugene): Rep. Paul Holvey
  • HD 11 (Eugene): Rep. Marty Wilde
  • HD 12 (Springfield): Rep. John Lively
  • HD 13 (Eugene): Rep. Nancy Nathanson
  • HD 14 (Eugene): Rep. Julie Fahey
  • HD 16 (Corvallis): Rep. Dan Rayfield
  • HD 20 (Monmouth): Rep. Paul Evans
  • HD 21 (Salem): Rep. Brian Clem
  • HD 22 (Woodburn): Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon 
  • HD 26 (Wilsonville): Rep. Courtney Neron
  • HD 27 (Beaverton): Rep. Sheri Schouten
  • 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 42 (Portland): Rep. Rob Nosse
  • HD 43 (NE Portland): Rep. Tawna Sanchez
  • HD 44 (N/NE Portland): Rep. Tina Kotek
  • HD 45 (NE Portland): Rep. Barbara Smith Warner
  • HD 48 (Happy Valley): Rep. Jeff Reardon
  • HD 51 (Clackamas): Rep. Janelle Bynum
  • HD 52 (Hood River): Rep. Anna Williams

Multnomah County Commission:

  • District 1: Sharon Meieran
  • District 3: Jessica Vega Pederson
  • District 4: Lori Stegman