Jerry Allen for State Senate

A Note to All My Supporters

I want thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work in this campaign. All you brave, wonderful, caring people who encouraged me, made donations, put up signs, made calls, talked to friends, attended and helped with town halls. These seven months have gone by quickly!

Even though we were outnumbered almost two-to-one by Republicans, we put up one hell of a fight! And the issues we’re fighting for are still in play. I believe we can continue to advocate, rally, assemble, show films, talk with our neighbors, and take our message of environmental, social and housing justice to the people.

Over time I believe we can turn this district purple and even blue. The idea of bridging the partisan divide to get there is so important. On Building Oregon Back Better, greener, more just, on addressing wildfires, creating affordable housing, on defeating the pandemic, it’s a long list. And those issues remain just as urgent no matter who is in the legislature.

While this was not the result we hoped for, I am resolved to continue, to carry on and champion the issues that are so important. I look forward to working with you as we keep on keeping on!

Blessings, thanks and safety to each of you,

Jerry

Jerry Allen for Oregon Senate – About Me and Why I am Running

I am a farmer, a trauma coach, a health educator, an Illinois Valley Fire District Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer and a musician. My family and I live in Selma where we sustainably farm 10 acres, raise chickens, and grow fruits and vegetables with no pesticides. We believe raising healthy food is a critical component of emergency preparedness and it lifts our spirits to work in the garden and with our animals.

I’m running for the state senate because in this time of crisis we need competent, truthful, cooperative leaders in the legislature to:

Jerry Allen - A voice for rural Oregon

  • help rebuild the backbone of our economy, small business, which will create jobs for Oregonians across our state,
  • address the health and economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic,
  • work on affordable housing for our families and education for our children,
  • deepen our protection from wildfires,
  • support revitalizing agriculture and small farmers to feed our communities, and
  • support continuing to improve our educational system and create jobs for our kids.

Our legislature is not adequately addressing issues that matter most to us and our neighbors, including jobs, affordable housing, health care, funding public health, disaster preparedness, education and addressing the climate crisis, and I want to be your voice for these issues, and more, in southern Oregon.

Governmental Experience

In 2003, I was elected to the Sonoma County Employees Retirement System as a pension trustee. I served four terms, totaling nine years on that board, three as board chairman. This position allowed me to forge alliances with both Republicans and Democrats to do the people’s work, and manage a $1.8 billion dollar pension program.

Like most people, I’ve seen how our elected officials and our government bodies have disintegrated into a political cold war, failing to focus on joining together with bipartisan efforts to work on issues that matter to all Americans. It is time for our legislators to end this war, and work together. I have successfully worked across the aisle as a Pension Trustee, and I am committed to doing it now, to help unite our community, our state and our nation.