A message from Val:
Growing up, my family instilled within me a deep respect for public service. I was taught that you leave things a little better than you found them. We worked hard for every opportunity— but we also knew we had to hold the ladder and give the next person the opportunity to climb.
We came to Oregon in 1999 because of the quality of life and reputation of the school district. It’s been a great place for my husband Stephen and I to live, work and raise our two children.
Our state is a special place filled with fiercely independent, honest, and open-minded people.
Oregonians don’t follow. We lead the way. Whether it’s in higher education, new technology, agricultural development, creative entrepreneurship, medical research, voter participation or our commitment to equality—we’re always on the cutting edge.
I feel truly fortunate to call Oregon my home and I’m honored to represent my neighbors in West Eugene and Junction City in the State House.
What makes our state special is that we strive to give people a fair shot and not leave anyone behind. Those are the same values I learned growing up. Now, they guide me every day in my work in Salem.
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