Journeyman electrician Ray Lister, a full-time union organizer since 2012, is running for Oregon state representative. His candidacy is backed by the labor movement and his union, IBEW Local 48.
The nwLaborPress.org published a Q&A with the candidate last week. Since March, the article says, Lister has personally knocked on over 5,500 doors and talked with over 2,000 voters in House District 26, which stretches from Wilsonville and Sherwood to Hillsboro, Aloha, and Tigard in Oregon.
If Lister wins, he’ll continue to work for IBEW when the Legislature’s not in session because Oregon has a part-time citizen legislature.
If he wins, Lister said he is going to be going learning a lot and would be another voice for workers inside the caucus. "The two things I’m most excited about working on are education funding and transportation. I have a 12 and 14 year old in public school. They’re part of the reason I’m running. I want to make sure their teachers and administrators have not just the resources they need, but longterm strategic planning ability."
For the full Q&A, see the Labor Press.