article on behalf of NASW OR Social Workers Political Action Committee (SWPAC)

Oregon Needs Social Workers Like Ashley Pelton in the State Senate

Divisive politics has weakened and divided rural communities, but rural issues are not Left and Right issues. Water insecurity in Sodaville, unsafe sidewalks in Brownsville, empty storefronts in Sweet Home, land planning issues in Blue River/Vida, and inadequate evacuation routes in Oakridge, Ashley Pelton is focused on what matters to all residents of Senate District 6.

Why Elect Ashley Pelton?

Ashley Pelton is a social worker who lives with her husband and son in the unincorporated Cottage Grove area. The daughter of a retired law enforcement officer and war veteran, she learned firsthand the challenges of connecting people to mental health resources.

Ashley is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) with experience listening to people and translating their needs into equitable legislation and policy. 

Oregon needs more social workers in Salem

Social workers are the number-one providers of behavioral health in Oregon. The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty; especially currently and historically underserved communities. At a time when Oregon is experiencing a behavioral health workforce crisis, we need lawmakers who bring real-world experience and expertise in behavioral health.

You can learn more about Ashley and her race by visiting her website:

Donate to Ashley Pelton’s Campaign

Please consider supporting Ashley by donating here! Oregon offers a unique Political Tax Credit to all taxpayers making under $75,000 per individual, or under $150,000 for joint-filing couples. The credit is simple– qualifying Oregon taxpayers can give up to $50 per year (or $100 for joint-filing couples) to a state political party, and receive the full amount as a credit subtracted from your Oregon state taxes when you file.

Learn more here.

National Association of Social Workers, Oregon Chapter (NASW OR) | Social Workers Political Action Committee (SWPAC)

SWPAC of NASW OR advocates for social work leaders, like Ashley, to be elevated to positions of electoral office and promotes the mission and vision of the National Association of Social Workers, Oregon Chapter, and the profession’s code of ethics on a broad range of social issues. 

If you are looking for an LCSW Exam Preparation training please contact the Washington State Chapter of NASW.

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