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Val Hoyle.

A proven
progressive
champion.

Val Hoyle.

A proven
progressive
champion.

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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15 years ago I was visiting a customer at a bike shop in Brixton (London) when a mechanic came out of the back and said that a plane had hit the WTC. We all just stood there shocked and confused about what happened not knowing if it was an accident or intentional. As soon as we heard that a second plane hit, the horror of what happened sunk in. We all had family and friends in NYC and I knew that my friends and family members that were fire fighters were likely there. We were evacuated out of the part of London that we were in as fear of other attacks spread. I sat in my hotel that night, thinking about the people still in the Trade Center and their family members who would be waiting for a call.

I had to get on a plane the next day to go from London to Cologne for a bike show and still hadn't heard from my cousin Bill, knowing he was probably there. It was such a difficult flight, I cried quietly for most of the flight. Bill finally emailed to say he was OK and how eerie it was to walk by his window and not see the towers. He would spend many more weeks trying to recover the remains of innocent victims and his brothers in the department. We were lucky, so many other families never got to see their loved ones again. My mother had a stack of obituaries a half an inch thick from the Park Slope (Brooklyn) newspaper, sons of people she grew up with who followed their fathers into the police or fire service. Brooklyn was disproportionately hit on that day.

I just wanted to go home to be with my husband and children but all flights were cancelled, it would be another week before any of us could leave. I remember the kindness of the everyone in the bike industry, people would ask if I was American and would express how sorry they were. Strangers asked if I needed a place to stay (hotels were filled up because no one could leave and flights were being sent back). It was heartbreaking and yet refreshing to know that terrorists couldn't take away our humanity.

As the daughter/niece/cousin of firefighters and police officers, those who ran into the building as others were running out, who saved so many lives that day and every day, I will never forget how grateful I am to those men and women who put their lives on the line every day. Today we remember those 2977 people who lost their lives on 9/11, every day we should remember that 411 were first responders. 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and 8 emergency medical technicians. #NeverForget ... See MoreSee Less

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