As of Friday, February 9, 2018
Rep. Jeff Helfrich announced Monday that he has filed for the 2018 election to continue serving House District 52.
Helfrich, in his first term as a member of the Oregon House, represents constituents in Hood River, Clackamas and Multnomah Counties.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Representative for House District 52 in the Oregon State Legislature,” said Helfrich in a press release. “I’m running to continue serving our community because I believe our district needs a representative who will always fight to improve our schools, support our economy, and protect our environment and way of life in the Gorge and across Oregon.
I also believe we need leaders who will prioritize emergency preparedness efforts, promote government transparency and make sure the diverse voices of our community, from both sides of the mountain, are heard in the State Capitol. Over the next 10 months, I will continue meeting and working with House District 52 residents, community and nonprofit leaders, and business owners to improve our quality of life.”
In his first months in office, Helfrich has prioritized legislation that will improve Oregon’s education system and provide relief to communities impacted by the Eagle Creek fire. For the 2018 Session, legislators in Oregon’s House of Representatives are limited to two bills. Rep. Helfrich has introduced:
HB 4044 — identifying effective programs for recruiting, mentoring, retaining and providing professional development to educators working with students who may be at-risk for experiencing an academic achievement gaps.
HB 4152 — granting assistance to Multnomah County and Hood River County sheriff’s offices for training and equipment related to Eagle Creek fire recovery.
Helfrich has worked in public service for more than 30 years. Prior to joining the Legislature, he worked in community policing for over 25 years with the Portland Police Bureau where he also served as a sergeant for more than a decade. Helfrich also previously served as a patrol deputy with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to his law enforcement career, he served in the U.S. Air Force and was deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Helfrich’s prior experience also includes being a member of the Cascade Locks City Council; Cascade Locks Planning Commission, and Budget and Charter Review Committees; and Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) Board of Directors.
Helfrich and his wife Shawna, a native of the Columbia Gorge and naturopathic physician, live in Hood River with their two young children. House District 52 includes the communities of Hood River, Sandy, Troutdale, Gresham, Cascade Locks, Damascus, Government Camp, and the Hoodland area.