Selma Pierce seeks appointment to Senate

By Reagan Knopp —

Following last week’s loss of Senator Jackie Winters, the first viable candidate for appointment to the Senate seat she previously held has stepped forward.

Dr. Selma Pierce has been a visible leader in Salem which comprises the vast majority of Oregon Senate District 10. In 2018, Pierce was a candidate for State Representative and in 2019 she worked as a legislative aide for Winters.

The Oregon Republican Party will soon announce a gathering of precinct committee persons from Senate District 10. This group will determine a list of three to five candidates. The candidates will appear before a joint meeting of the Marion & Polk County commissions who will interview and select a replacement.

Winters was re-elected by a large margin in 2018, but her passing triggers a special election in November 2020. This out of cycle appointment means that SD 10 voters will elect a Senator in three straight elections: 2018, 2020, and 2022.

Pierce’s full statement can be seen below.

“Bud and I developed a friendship with the Senator over 20 years ago. She encouraged us both to pursue elected positions to serve the communities we care deeply for, and advised us along the way. Working in her office this legislative session has been an honor and invaluable experience learning from such a wise and effective legislator. If given the honor to receive the appointment to her seat, I will use the knowledge gained from Senator Winters and my decades experience in community leadership to serve the people of Marion and Polk Counties to the best of my abilities.”

Selma Pierce | Press Release