Jul 10, 2018      Press Releases      


Local Democrats join the Independent Party in supporting the working mom, education leader, and small business owner for State Representative 

Bend – A coalition of local Democrats, including three members of the Bend La-Pine School Board, announced their support for Cheri Helt in the race to represent Bend in the Oregon House. Helt is the Republican and Independent Party nominee in House District 54.

“Cheri is a moderate, who is pro-choice and has proven record of leadership on the school board, helping raise graduation rates and enhancing school safety. I am proud to reach across the aisle to support her,” said Sue Hollern.

The Democrats backing Helt include: Josh Baser, Susan Baser, Preston Callicott, Mark Capell, Pamela Cappy, Julie Craig, Sonja Donohue, Noelle Fredland, D’Anza Freeland, Ron Gallinat, Mike Hollern, Sue Hollern, Kristin Ketner, Sharon Smith, Shannon Talbo, Dr. Philip Wallace, Ruth Williamson, and Dr. ­Stuart Young.

“Cheri brings an independent spirit and open mindedness to the work of our state. Her history on our school board, her success as a business leader and her character as a person give me this confidence. I trust Cheri. I know where her values are. While we might not agree on every issue, I know Cheri will work diligently across party lines to create smart solutions within the legislature. I am proud to support Cheri Helt for State Representative,” said Ruth Williamson.

“Our board has diverse members with different backgrounds and ideas, but we come together to solve problems for our students. Cheri always puts kids first and politics last,” said Ron Gallinat.

“While our national politics are broken, here in Bend we make positive change working together and across party lines. That’s what I’ll do in Salem too – focused on improving schools, supporting small businesses, and protecting Bend’s quality of life. I am honored to have the support of so many thoughtful people putting Bend and Oregon ahead of party labels,” said Helt.