As this campaign of 2020 enters its final days, I look back at those that I need to say a big “Thank You!” to:
- My husband who sacrificed to run for Governor in 2016, because it was the right thing to do, to offer himself in service to the public. By accompanying him and crisscrossing Oregon to visit 30 of our 36 counties, I had the opportunity to meet the many wonderful strong people who make up our state and got an unparalleled view of the vastness and natural beauty of our Oregon.
- Jackie Winters who encouraged me to run again. She took me under her wing and mentored me on keeping an eye on the needs of the people of my district and working for their interests.
- The young man in his 20’s who told me that he wanted to run for office someday. If a young man felt that he had a duty to serve the public in the future, then I certainly needed to do my duty too and serve today.
- The team who worked with me day by day. They encourage me, made wise suggestions, pushed me, and guided our little group to the finish line. They are the men and women, young and not so young, who stood by me through thick and thin. They too gave their all.
But most of all, I need to say a big “Thank You!” to the people of Oregon. I have always felt welcomed across Oregon. A campaign, either in “normal” or during COVID times, is only as good as the people who are involved. No one runs by themselves, but they have many people behind them. These volunteers give voluntarily of their time and effort. The volunteers and the supporters who did a lot of the day-to-day work, going door-to-door, making phone calls, writing letters, planned and held community outreaches, and told me their stories of resilience and perseverance in the face of daily struggles. It is these people who give inspiration, support, and impetus to the candidate’s work. They are the ones whose life stories giving meaning to why someone runs for office.
It is the people of my district who will be my bosses. I embody their dreams of a better tomorrow for their children, families, and themselves. One must never forget that Oregon’s part-time legislature is made up of citizen-legislators. Always remember that we are to be citizens first, and legislators second.
A big “Thank You!” to all of you who gave to get me to where I am today.
Selma Pierce, DDS
Candidate for State Representative House District 20