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Marty Wilde Announces Candidacy For Oregon House District 11

Brian Bull

Saturday, a Bronze Star veteran and non-profit director formally announced his bid for State Representative. 


Marty Wilde is running for House District 11 as a Democrat.  He’s Executive Director of the Lane County Medical Society and a father of two.

Wilde says among his top priorities if elected is helping better fund state education.

“I got ahead and I was able to climb out of poverty because I had great teachers," Wilde tells KLCC.  "They were unionized, they were strong, they were relatively well-paid for what they did.

"And they cared about their students. And the public supported them. I think the public still supports them, but we’ve underfunded them to the tune of at least a billion dollars each year.” 

Wilde officially kicked off his campaign at Roaring Rapids Pizza in Eugene Saturday. He was joined by other notable politicians including Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis and State Senator James Manning, a fellow veteran.

Another Democrat, Kimberly Koops-Wrabek, has also filed to run for District 11.

The seat is currently held by Representative Phil Barnhart. He’s announced he’ll retire at the end of his term.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.