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Hi, I'm Roxanne

Putting people before politics

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WHERE I COME FROM

As a descendant of an Oregon Trail family, I understand the values that have shaped our community. Family, respect, hard work, honesty, and preserving our heritage. Just like my ancestors did back in the 1850’s, in 2004, I knew it was time to be courageous, face the unknown and create a better life for myself and my daughter by moving to Oregon.

Growing up my father worked for the local school district and my mother was a hard-working stay at home mom. My family didn’t have a lot of money, but they did have some solid values like a belief that through hard work and perseverance I could achieve anything I set my mind to.

A THRIVING CAREER

After high school, I worked full time for some industry giants, gaining invaluable experience. During many years at Chevron, I gained a deep understanding of environmental stewardship, transportation, and regulatory compliance. In 2000 I pivoted into public transit, working first at Stanford University, ODOT and lastly for almost 17 years at Cherriots in Salem, Oregon.

In 2014 I completed my BA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Marylhurst University. With a concentration in communication, art and drama, I was able to blend my professional experience with my creative avocation, all while working full time and raising my daughter.

It was also during that time that I met and married my husband Bruce, a public school teacher (now retired). Our blended family includes three adult children and five grandchildren. 

PUBLIC SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP

After moving to Monmouth, I was drawn to community service. I first volunteered to serve on the Monmouth Arts and Culture Commission, then applied for an open seat on Monmouth City Council. Following a successful appointment, I have run for my council seat and I continue to serve; now in my second term.

As a public servant I have seen our communities flourish, grow and achieve so much in terms of economic development, transportation, community engagement, parks and recreation, and cultural enrichment. As a member of several regional boards, I have worked with other committed volunteers and public servants, seeing firsthand what can be done when we all work together.

WHY I'M RUNNING

There is so much more work to be done – hard work. And just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it. That is why I am running for Polk County Commissioner. I believe all of the residents of Polk County deserve leaders who will work hard every day to make their lives better.

I know change is hard, but in the words of playwright George Bernard Shaw "People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it."

Please join me in Building a

Better Polk County, Together.

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