State Rep Candidate Wants Equal Opportunity For Oregon Families

Knowing a little science doesn’t hurt when you’re going into politics, says Julie Fahey, a human resources consultant who is running for Oregon state representative in House District 14, a position currently held by Val Hoyle. Fahey has a degree in chemistry, and she says having a background in math and science provides a good framework for politics.

“I think problem solving and an analytical approach to life is useful,” she says. “In politics and in science, you have a problem, you have a hypothesis about what the problem is and then you come up with a solution to the problem.”

House District 14 represents West Eugene, Bethel and Junction City. Hoyle is running for Oregon secretary of state next year. She stepped down from her position as House majority leader in July and is currently serving her last term as representative.

Though Fahey gives a number of reasons for why she’s running for state representative, she says first and foremost, she wants to make sure that working families and the middle class in Oregon have ample opportunity to succeed, regardless of background or circumstance.

Fahey grew up in a small town in Illinois, and she says the manufacturing jobs that bolstered the previous generation were no longer available when she graduated. “I knew if I wanted to pursue a professional career, I couldn’t stay in this town that I loved,” she says. “So I’d like to see more focus on career and technical education, higher minimum wage and the understanding that not everyone should have to go to college to have a living wage job.”

Fahey says one of her top issues is Oregon’s minimum wage, currently $9.25 an hour. A single person living in Eugene needs $10 an hour to cover basic living expenses, she says, and for a family of four, that number rises to $15 an hour.

“It’s just a basic failing of our system,” Fahey says. “I firmly believe that no one who works full time should be living in poverty.”

Another pressure on working families, she says, is that Oregon has extremely expensive child care costs compared to other states, and childcare can take up a high percentage of income. She says she’d like to see tax credits so that families don’t spend so much of the money they earn on childcare.

Though Fahey says that she admires Hoyle and that they agree in many political areas, including universal background checks for gun safety, she distinguishes herself from Hoyle by pointing to her 15 years of experience in the private sector working with businesses to implement progressive workplace environments.

From dealing with policies such as sick leave, she says, her business experience allows her understand matters from the business perspective as well as that of the worker.

In 2010, Fahey graduated from Emerge Oregon, a program that trains and encourages Democratic women to run for office. It’s a cause that’s near to her heart, she says. Hoyle is also an Emerge graduate.

“The statistic is that women need to be asked four or five times to run before they will actually do it, and I have been one of those people asking women to run,” she says. “Another key motivator as to why I’m running is that I think there needs to be more women in office.”

As for women’s reproductive rights, Fahey says that in Oregon, “we’re really fortunate to be the only state in the country where there is no limit on access to abortion. I would like to keep it that way.”

Julie Fahey Officially Announces Campaign For State Representative House District 14

OCT 18, 2015

The current Treasurer of Oregon’s Democratic Party officially kicked off her campaign for State Representative in House District 14, Friday.

Julie Fahey is vying for the position currently held by Val Hoyle, who recently announced her intention to run for Secretary of State.

Fahey served as the Chair of the Democratic Party of Lane County from 2012 to 2014. She worked for 15 years as a consultant in the private sector and is co-founder of ThreePoint Consulting Firm. She graduated from Emerge Oregon, which is a statewide program that helps train female Democrats to run for office. Fahey says her main goal, if elected, is to use her skills to help expand the economy.

Fahey: “I deal with issues of pay, and workplace benefits, and workforce development. Those are all going to be extremely important issues for the future of Oregon.”

Fahey is likely going to be running against fellow Democrat James Manning, a Commissioner for the Eugene Water and Electric Board. House District 14 includes West Eugene, Bethel, and Junction City.

2 candidates file to run for open House seat in Eugene

By Ian K. Kullgren | The Oregonian/OregonLive
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on October 16, 2015 at 3:29 PM, updated October 16, 2015 at 4:04 PM

SALEM — Two Democratic candidates have filed to run in the May primary to replace Rep.Val Hoyle, D-Eugene, who announced Thursday that she will run for secretary of state in 2016.

Julianne Fahey, a former chair of the Lane County Democratic Party, notified the secretary of state’s office Friday. She joins James I. Manning Jr., chairman of the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs and a commissioner on the Eugene Water and Electric Board, who filed to run Thursday.

Hoyle is the fifth Democrat, so far, who’s not seeking re-election to the Oregon House. Rep.Tobias Read, D-Beaverton, is running for state treasurer. Jessica Vega Pederson, D-Portland, is running for a seat on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. Reps. Peter Buckley, D-Ashland, and Brent Barton, D-Gladstone, plan to step down when their terms end.

— Ian K. Kullgren



OCT. 17, 2015

Two Eugene Democrats have filed to compete for the Oregon House of Representatives seat being vacated by Democrat Val Hoyle.

Hoyle announced Wednesday she was running for secretary of state.

James Manning on Thursday filed for the House District 14 seat, and Julie Fahey filed for the seat on Friday.

Both had previously said they were considering running for Hoyle’s seat, should she pursue the secretary of state job.

The primary election is May. The general election is in November 2016.

Fahey is a former chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Lane County and current treasurer of the Democratic Party of Oregon.

Manning is a Eugene Water & Electric Board commissioner.

No Republican has yet filed for the seat, but Eugene resident Kathy Lamberg, who ran unsuccessfully against Hoyle last year, said Friday that she is considering a run.

The district includes much of west Eugene and Junction City and is considered a moderate district. Registered Democrats make up 37 percent of the district’s voters, compared with 28 percent registered Republicans. That would likely make it a battle­ground district in 2016 given there will be no incumbent.

Fahey works as a human resources consultant for businesses.

“We’re headed in the right direction as a state, but the reality is that many families in our community are still struggling. Together, there is much work still to be done, and one of my first priorities will be fighting to expand economic opportunity for everyone,” Fahey said in a news release Friday.

Fahey said she has 15 years of experience in the private sector as a business consultant and co-founder of ThreePoint Consulting, a human resources consulting firm.

“I’m committed to fighting for our schools, for working families, and for the small businesses that help Oregon’s economy thrive. I will defend a woman’s right to choose and will support crucial efforts to protect our environment for future generations. I will be a tireless voice against discrimination in all its forms,” Fahey said.

Fahey’s campaign committee has $10,312 on hand, all of it raised this year and mostly in small contributions.

Manning is a retired U.S. Army veteran who came to Eugene in 2007 for a job at Weyerhaeuser Co. He’s served on a number of public or nonprofit boards in recent years, including the Bethel School District’s budget committee. He was elected as an EWEB commissioner in 2012.

Manning on Friday said in a statement: “My entire life has been dedicated to public service, beginning with my 24-year career in the U.S. Army. After serving my country, I made Eugene my home and set to work advocating for our community. I have served on a number of boards and commissions to include the Eugene Police Commission, Pearl Buck Center, the Oregon Commission of Black Affairs, Opportunity Eugene Task Force on Homelessness, and others.”

Manning said that if elected he would push for “stronger schools, living wage jobs, and safer neighborhoods.”

Manning’s campaign committee has $7,730 on hand, almost all of it carried over from 2015. He has raised $650 so far this year.

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Two Lane County Democrats eye Rep. Val Hoyle’s seat

Julie Fahey and James Manning say they are running for House District 14 to possibly replace Val Hoyle

AUG. 22, 2015

Two Lane County Democrats are preparing to run in House District 14, if, as expected, incumbent Democratic state Rep. Val Hoyle enters the race for Oregon secretary of state.

Julie Fahey, a former chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Lane County, and James Manning, a commissioner for the Eugene Water & Electric Board, both confirmed they plan to run, should Hoyle not seek re-election.

House District 14 includes much of west Eugene and Junction City and is considered a moderate district. As of July, registered Democrats make up 37 percent of the district’s voters, compared with 28 percent of registered Republicans. That would likely make it a battleground district in 2016, if there is no incumbent.

A spokesman with the Oregon House Republicans’ campaign arm didn’t respond to a request for comment Friday about potential GOP candidates for the seat.

Fahey is a human resources consultant for businesses. She co-founded her own firm before moving to Eugene in 2009. In addition to her work with the local Democratic Party, she is a graduate of Emerge Oregon, a statewide program that helps train female Democrats to run for office.

“The core of why I’m running is I feel that Oregon should be a place where regardless of someone’s background, everyone has a fair shot to suceed in life,” she said.

Fahey said she thinks the Democratic-controlled Legislature “is headed in the right direction,” but she said she was disappointed lawmakers failed to approve an increase in the minimum wage in the recently adjourned session.

Fahey moved into House District 14 in late June. But Fahey said that the move wasn’t politically motivated; she and her husband had been looking for a house for almost a year.

Manning is a retired U.S. Army veteran, who came to Eugene in 2007 for a job at Weyerhaeuser Co. He’s served on a number of public or nonprofit boards in recent years, including the Bethel School District’s budget committee. He was elected as an EWEB commissioner in 2012.

Manning said his “ties to the community and volunteer work” in House District 14 make him “very qualified” to be a candidate. He added that, as an African-­American, he would bring more “multicultural representation” to Salem.

As a state lawmaker, “I would focus on inclusion and equity in public education,” Manning said.

Earlier this year, Manning was considering a run for mayor of Eugene. In a January poll of 200 likely voters, however, he wasn’t picked by any of the respondents.

Hoyle “has done a good job of pushing progressive legislation, but also representing the district which is very moderate,” Manning said.

Neither Fahey nor Manning has reported any significant campaign contributions yet this year. The earliest that potential candidates can officially file for the May 2016 primary is Sept. 10.

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