Our Statewide and Regional Candidates: Jamie, Shemia, Karen, Mary & Leigha

  • Mar 18, 2020
  • Jillian Schoene
  • Emerge Oregon


Emerge Women Are Running!

We’ve got a lot of women running – and we’ll be highlighting them between now and when ballots get mailed at the end of April.

Our first email includes our women running for Secretary of State and Metro Regional Council. 

Candidates listed by elected office and then alphabetical order.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Oregon Secretary of State.

Jamie is a pro-democracy progressive who has empowered underrepresented communities, developed and implemented laws and policy, and facilitated joint problem-solving for over 20 years. Oregon’s Secretary of State is responsible for protecting our Democracy, ensuring accountable government, and safeguarding our natural resources. Leadership and executive experience matter. Jamie has both.

Learn more: www.jamiefororegon.com



Shemia Fagan for Oregon Secretary of State.

A proud mother of two, Shemia has dedicated her career to working hard for her family – and ours. As a State Senator, Shemia fights for expanded voting rights, increased education funding, fair housing solutions, renter protections, and health care for all Oregonians. As a civil rights attorney, Shemia fights wrongful evictions, and holds corporations accountable for harassment and discrimination at work. During every step of her public career, she’s consistently stood up to fight for everyday Oregonians.

Learn more: www.shemiafororegon.com

Karen Spencer for Metro Council District 5
Let’s fix today’s issues and plan ahead to prevent the problems of tomorrow.  With my science, legal and business background, I will foster communities where folks from all walks of life can live, work and play together by fighting for affordable housing, improving our transportation options, and demanding environmental stewardship.


Mary Peveto for Metro Council District 5

I am running for Metro Council to continue my work on the environment.  Now more than ever, we need a collaborative leader, with a track record of success who can deliver on our region’s most pressing needs, like climate change, housing affordability, and strong equitable economic growth.

Learn more: www.pevetoformetro.com

Leigha LaFleur for Metro Council District 6

Leigha LaFleur is a grassroots candidate with a bold vision for modernizing our solid waste infrastructure. Her various backgrounds, including social work, engineering, law, parenting, and activism inform her policy perspectives. She’s excited to be a driving force on Metro Council to improve people’s lives through more affordable housing practices, lowering carbon infrastructure, and enriching Metro workplaces.

Learn more: www.lafleur4oregon.com


View our full list of candidates running for office this year.