candidate for governor stops at Pendleton | Local News
PENDLETON – Oregon 2022 gubernatorial candidate Jessica Gomez traveled to Pendleton on Sunday, July 18 to campaign for her platform focused on business, education and homelessness.
Gomez, who is the Founder and CEO of Medford-based Rogue Valley Microdevices and Chairman of the Board of Oregon Tech, came to Pendleton to meet with the Oregon Wheat Growers League, chat with community members and listen. their concerns.
“I hear a lot about economics, I hear a lot about workforce issues,” she said.
Labor force participation rates stand at 62.5%, according to Federal Reserve economics data, and that needs to be resolved, Gomez said.
“It shouldn’t be like that,” she said.
Gomez, who grew up in New York City and moved to southern Oregon when she was 12, said she knew a bit about business and the ravages of poverty.
She had a difficult childhood and spent a little over a year homeless. With the complete collapse of the lumber industry in the late ’80s and into the’ 90s due to the spotted owl controversy, she said, her parents couldn’t find work and they had to spend time surfing on the couch, lived in a car and spent a lot of time in the parks.
Her parents had decided from an early age to teach their children at home, however, she spent much of her time caring for her three younger siblings and had difficulty academically.
“At the age of 9, I still wasn’t reading or writing,” she said.
Her grandmother invited her back to New York and helped her get back on her feet. She said her grandmother helped rebuild her life and taught her how to set and achieve goals.
Eventually, Gomez returned to the West Coast to be closer to her family she had left behind.
“Family is really important,” Gomez said.
With her past struggles in mind, she said she hopes to turn those experiences into a political platform that speaks to Oregonians.
“I think I come with a different perspective,” Gomez said. “I know what it’s like to struggle. I know what it’s like to work for something and build that success and I think there is something so important about this process.
Gomez said there is a misconception that business owners are born with a silver spoon in their mouths and she is living proof that this is not the case. She said lawmakers and a governor who served in the bureaucracy for 30 years do not understand this prospect.
“We now have an anti-business environment in Oregon,” she said. “I’ve seen things go from super business-friendly and excited about new business to kind of neutral to pretty anti-business now. “
Gomez said the negative impacts of this attitude are becoming visible, and the lack of leadership in Oregon is one of the reasons she decided to run for governor.
With 10 other candidates vying so far, including nine Republicans and two Democrats, Gomez hopes he can close budget deficits with better-known candidates, such as Bud Pierce.
“I am a blank slate,” she said. “There has never been a candidate like me in our state before. “