Jul 12, 2018      Press Releases      


Stand for Children backs the Bend-La Pine School Board member as strongest leader to improve schools for all Oregon students 

Bend – Stand for Children, the state’s largest grassroots parent organization advocating for kids’ education and primary sponsor of Ballot Measure 98, has endorsed Cheri Helt in the campaign to represent Bend in the Oregon House of Representatives. Helt has been elected three times to the Bend La-Pine School Board and has been an effective and tireless education advocate for the students, families, teachers, and administrators in the Bend community.

Toya Fick, Executive Director of Stand for Children Oregon, announced the organization’s endorsement of Helt: “Stand for Children is excited to endorse Cheri Helt, a longtime education advocate and children’s champion, for House District 54. A dedicated community member and passionate voice for improving our schools, Cheri breaks the mold of partisan politics and prioritizes common sense solutions instead. At Stand, we saw Cheri’s leadership firsthand throughout her time on the Bend School Board, and through her steadfast support during the Measure 98 campaign. Cheri Helt is exactly the kind of leader we need in Salem, and exactly the kind of public servant the people of Bend deserve.”

During her 8 years on the school board, Helt helped raise high school graduation rates in Bend by 10%, fast-tracked new safety entrances for 22 schools, relieved overcrowding by spearheading voter-approval of four new schools, implemented an innovative teacher contract to reward performance, and protected the environment by transitioning school buses to cleaner-burning fuels.

“Education is my passion and number one priority. I am extremely honored to receive Stand for Children’s endorsement — we share a common commitment to provide an excellent education for every child in Oregon. I look forward to working with them to fully fund career and technical education and further reforms to ensure more kids graduate from Oregon high schools,” said Helt.

The Stand for Children endorsement joins recent endorsements from a coalition of local Democrats, a majority of the Bend-La Pine School Board, which includes three Democratic members and two non-unaffiliated members, and a trio of Bend City Councilors, who have all endorsed Helt for House District 54.