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Parrish files to re-run for House District 37


Sights set on job creation, seniors

Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, has filed to re-run for the House District she has represented since being first elected in 2010. The district includes a portion on the south side of Lake Oswego in the Stafford area and Rivergrove.by: SUBMITTED - Parrish

Parrish, a native Oregonian, small-business owner, mother of three school-aged boys and a wife of a retired Army officer who served two tours in Iraq, says there’s still a lot of work to do in the Oregon Legislature.

“When I ran for office in 2010, it was because the business economy was in decline and kids were losing school days,” said Parrish. “In two regular sessions, we’ve done a little more for schools in terms of funding, but we still have a higher-than-average unemployment rate and our neighbors are still struggling. It is reason enough to continue to build on the successes I’ve had in the Legislature and keep working hard for my community.”

Parrish was elected deputy leader of the Republican Caucus after the 2012 election. She serves on the House Committees on Education, Transportation and Economic Development and as the co-vice chairwoman of the Committee on Veterans Affairs. In addition, she has co-chaired a task force on midwifery and was just assigned to a task force to address payment parity for medical practitioners that came as a result of her work on House Bill 2902.

Parrish just finished the legislative session, where she helped pass a wide variety of legislation that included campaign finance transparency, tuition equity for returning veterans, health insurance coverage for autistic children and funding for a pilot program to help students with disabilities transition out of high school.

“I appreciate the opportunity to work on legislation that I believe a majority of Oregonians care about, regardless of political affiliation,” Parrish said. “It’s the bills that affect the everyday lives of our neighbors where we can make the most impact as legislators.”

For House District 37, she said, that included passing a bill to keep composting facilities from being built next to neighborhood schools, including one in Stafford next to Stafford Primary School and Athey Creek Middle School.

For the upcoming legislative session, Parrish said she is focused on concepts that will help the commercial and industrial labor sector with job creation, increase the workforce pipeline for emerging industries and help find ways for seniors to age comfortably in place.

“While I’m flattered to have been asked to consider running for higher offices, I’m committed to my work on things like education choice for families, tax fairness for small businesses and continuing my work on a ballot initiative to dedicate some permanent funding for veterans’ programs and services,” Parrish said. “I’m grateful that my family continues to support my efforts to build a better Oregon for future generations.”