by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, representatives Shemia Fagan, Jessica Vega Pederson and Jennifer Williamson, will share their experiences as first-term legislators at the Willamette Women Democrats meeting on Sept. 11. The public is invited to attend.

The Willamette Women Democrats will open its series of programs Sept. 11 at Oswego Lake Country Club. The program will feature five of Oregon’s first-term women legislators sharing the highs and low of the 2013 legislative season.

The panel includes Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, who represents the Portland area in Senate District 17; Rep. Shemia Fagan, representing North Clackamas and mid-Multnomah counties in Distrist 51; Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, House District 46; Rep. Jennifer Williamson, House District 36; and Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson, House District 47.

The women will reflect on their experiences crafting legislation, negotiating to get bills on the floor of the House and Senate and working to pass them. They will discuss successes and frustrations of their first year as lawmakers.

The public is invited to attend the event. Cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served.

For reservations, call CM Bookkeeping at 503-655-4445 or go online to by Sept. 9.

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