Marty Wilde: Democratic candidate for District 11 State Rep
OCCUPATION/WORK HISTORY: Executive Director, Lane County Medical Society; Colonel, Oregon Air National Guard Judge Advocate, U.S. Air Force; Chief, Rule of Law, Afghanistan; Legal Advisor, NATO-Sarajevo; Legal Advisor, Air Operations Center; Deputy District Attorney; Mediator
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Eugene Budget Committee, Eugene Police Commission, Lane County Performance Audit Committee, Long Term Care Ombudsman, Court Appointed Special Advocate
EDUCATION: Diploma, Walt Whitman High School; bachelor’s degree in astronomy, University of Maryland; professional degree in law, University of Oregon School of Law; master’s degree in health law, University of Houston; graduate certificate in healthcare administration, University of Maryland. Attended Naval War College, Air War College and Air Command and Staff College.
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: I enjoy running and hiking with my family. We are all avid readers.
WHY I'M RUNNING: I grew up poor on an organic farm in the Coast Range. We never had much money, but I had a happy childhood because of loving parents, a supportive community, and the support of Oregonians who believed that no kid should go hungry, lack medical care, or have a substandard education. Their support of food stamps, Medicaid, and strong public schools gave me the start I needed in life. When I graduated from college, I wanted to pay those investments forward so that kids could have the same opportunities I did. I joined the National Guard, fighting forest fires above Oakridge. I went on active duty with the Air Force, helping shut down a coal power plant, working on commuter rail service, and prosecuting sexual harassment and assault. When I left active duty, I continued to prosecute in the civilian sector, prosecuting domestic violence. After 9/11, I activated 4 times to serve my country. I prosecuted crimes against women in the Middle East, helped defend America’s skies at NORAD, helped track down war criminals in Bosnia, and worked for human rights in Afghanistan. When I returned from overseas, I wanted to find a way to serve my community in a positive direction. I volunteered for budget committee, police commission, and to advocate for the elderly. Now I lead the Lane County Medical Society, dedicated to improving healthcare for all. I continue to serve in the Air National Guard, advocating for the rights of crime victims and leading a legal team that spans the country. I’m running for State Representative to pay forward the investments you made in me, and to continue Rep. Phil Barnhart’s work on education, healthcare, and the environment. I hope that I will have your support in May!