For Immediate Release  |  February 19, 2018  |  Contact: Jeanine Stice  |  503-930-2472

Wife of former gubernatorial candidate, Bud Pierce, says more needs to get done in the legislature

(Salem, OR) Selma Pierce, the wife of former gubernatorial candidate, Bud Pierce, is stepping up to serve as a legislative candidate in House District 20 which includes West and South Salem, Independence and Monmouth which is currently represented by Paul Evans-(D).

In order for democracy to work, you have to be involved. I want to see more practical solutions that serve residents coming out of the legislature,” said Selma Pierce.

Pierce, a retired dentist from Salem, and a long time community volunteer and activist, will be facing Paul Evans, a two-term Democrat from Monmouth.

Pierce received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from UC Berkeley and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from UCLA. She earned a UC Regents’ Scholar designation and Phi Beta Kappa at UC Berkeley.

Selma has a long list of volunteer activities in the Mid-Willamette Valley. These include Medical Teams International Dental Van dentist, Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic dentist, Oregon Community Foundation Leadership Council, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chemeketa Community College Foundation Board, OHSU Foundation Board of Trustees, Community Homeless Connect, First Christian Church deacon, and many more.

Selma received the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce First Citizen Award in 2010, the City of Salem Willard C. Marshall Special Citizen Award as well as the President’s Award, Blanchet Catholic School.

As far as specific issues Selma wants to focus on as a legislator, she has outlined four key areas she believes need undivided attention: A stronger education system where our students are tops in graduation rates, not 3rd worst in the nation. She supports more focus on vocational training for the thousands of students who are eager to start career training. She believes affordable housing and providing better solutions to the homeless epidemic are key to healthy communities. There is a crisis in our communities and state regarding mental health and addiction issues. Selma wants new strategies developed to address a growing problem that touches many families. And fourth, she wants the legislature to be a stronger supporter of small business development by reducing barriers to business growth and expansion to ensure a stable vibrant economy in communities large and small.

I am excited about this challenge. I believe I can bring a new perspective rooted in community and common sense to this job. Let’s get to work!” Pierce said.

Bud and Selma Pierce have two children, Kristina and Michael.