Lately I've been hearing rumors that
Alicia Elisa Dozono is starting a non-profit called Emerging Oregon that will recruit women to run for office in Oregon. This concept made my ears perk up a bit. In 2009, our entire congressional delegation will be men. Statewide, 46 of 60 state representatives and 22 out of 30 state senators are men.* I think local jurisdictions do a little bit better with gender equity but even in Portland, it took a few years to get a woman back on City Council.
I'm interested to see who emerges as future candidates to watch in Oregon. Ideas?
*My numbers statewide are open to be corrected. I took the information from the State Legislature site.
Updated: Emerging Oregon is hiring for an executive director. If you are interested, email me directly.