Richard (Rich) Walsh

Race: Senate
District: 11

Bio

Occupation: Attorney

Occupational Background: Practicing attorney since 1986. Small business owner in Salem (1994-2000) and Keizer (2000-present). Rich has also worked as a union employee of UPS and Fred Meyers.

Educational Background: JD from the University of Oregon Law School.

Prior Governmental Experience: Keizer City Council 2000-2011. Served on or chaired numerous volunteer city committees and boards including Parks Board, budget committees, library exploration committee, and regional transportation committees.

JUSTICE

  • Rich has devoted his career to fighting for underdogs against powerful insurance companies.
  • Rich’s cases have advanced protections for all Oregon workers, including agricultural workers.
  • Rich understands that communities of color and seniors are most likely to be taken advantage of by predatory individuals and corporations.

HOMELESSNESS

  • Rich was among the first in our community to advocate for micro-shelters to give the unsheltered a chance at a new start.
  • Rich is currently serving on the Advisory Board of the non-profit group that provides micro-shelters and supportive services.

ENVIRONMENT

  • Rich believes that the legislature should prioritize protecting the climate.
  • Rich helped create Keizer’s first burn ban and curbside recycle program.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM AND HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

  • Rich is dedicated to work for campaign finance reform and health care for all.

RECOGNIZED LEADERSHIP IN GETTING THINGS DONE

  • Twice elected Keizer City Council President.
  • Received leadership award from the Council of Governments.
  • Received President’s award from Keizer Chamber.
  • Keizer Rapids Park’s road and boat ramp are named after Rich in recognition of his leadership role in creating the park.

I am running because too many politicians focus their time and attention on creating division and hatred instead of solving problems. Enough is Enough! Let’s focus on getting things done!

ENDORSEMENTS

Keizer City Councilor Roland Herrera

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett

Former State Rep. Brian Clem, Salem

Former State Rep Betty Komp, Woodburn

Former Marion County Commissioner Randal Franke

State Rep Paul Evans, Monmouth

Community Organizers Aileen Kaye and Cindy Kimball

Former UFCW union secretary/treasurer Jeff Anderson

(This information furnished by Richard Walsh.)