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Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn and Tualatin, filed Sept. 12 to re-run for the House District she has represented since being first elected in 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.

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.

Additionally, Parrish will be honored as a legislative champion on housing issues by the Oregon Opportunity Network, having helped pass a bill to address homeless housing for veterans and increase the safety of manufactured home parks.

“I appreciate the opportunity to work on legislation that I believe a majority of Oregonians care about, regardless of political affiliation,” Parrish said.

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.

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