Meet Megan Salter
Just over a year ago, I stood in the crowded library community room to listen to our commissioners speak about the possibility of our entire library system closing its doors. I vividly remember how devastated and helpless I felt about losing access to all the library had to offer. In that moment, I decided it was time to serve my community in a new way and work towards solutions to not just save our libraries, but to prevent the loss of other public services.
My parents raised me to “Be the change we wish to see in the world;” if you are unhappy with what is happening around you-get involved. This same lesson was instilled early on through my grandparents as well; through stories of my grandfather’s time as city manager all across the United States and his time spent as Undersecretary of HUD.
I grew up in a union household; my mom belonging to the CA teachers union and my dad was a Teamster. Their union membership provided job security and stability to our family’s life.
I come from a long line of educators. I spent countless hours in my mom’s classrooms when she worked in special education, helped my cousin set up his very first classroom when he began teaching and even had the pleasure of teaching pre-school alongside my aunt while I put myself through college.
I understand the importance of a robust, local economy that provides family wage jobs with benefits. As a child, I spent many afternoons at my parents small business; learning how to help customers and gaining a strong work ethic. As an adult, my husband and I ran a small business in California, where I worked as the human resource manager and payroll clerk, while teaching preschool and going to college to get my BA.
I am passionate about the importance of sustainable, affordable housing in our communities. As a child, we had to move in with my grandparents after my parent’s small business went under in a slowing economy. I remember the relief when my parents were able to secure family wage, union jobs and purchase a home. At 19 years old, I was forced to sell my parents home, after I lost both my parents in an accident. Although I was working full time and going to college, I was unable to afford the mortgage payment. It was devastating being forced to sell our family home that provided security. Today, I serve on the HTAG-Housing First Committee, working on affordable housing solutions, to ensure everyone can afford to have a roof over their head.
Stockton was where I had always called home, but as our children approached school age, my husband and I knew it was time to leave CA. We wanted to set our roots in a more family friendly community, providing our children a safe environment in which to grow up. We are delighted to call the Umpqua Valley our home and I am excited to work hard for our district.
As a mom and former teacher, my focus has been to create a community that produces a society that ensures the next generation will have access to quality education, a strong job market and the necessary social services to take care of one and all. It’s what Oregonians expect and deserve.
As a teacher, I was able to focus on creating a strong, educational base for my students’ lives. As a Girl Scout leader, I had the opportunity to educate and empower the next generation of young women. I’ve had the pleasure of serving on the Booster Club at my daughter’s school; raising much needed funds so the students had access to Art, Music, PE and supplemental curriculum.
After our libraries closed due to a lack of funding, I helped create the Community Bookshelves at a local coffee shop so that Roseburg residents would continue having access to reading materials.
Today, I am privileged to serve on the Battered Persons Advocacy (BPA) Board, ensuring safety, services and assistance programs to victims of domestic violence.
I’m ready to take the next step and bring Southern Oregon values to Salem. We need a strong voice to raise awareness of the specific and unique issues that affect us here in rural Oregon. We live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, but without jobs, funding for education and a lack of affordable housing, we are watching as our friends, family and neighbors get forced out. It’s simply unacceptable.
It’s time to listen to new voices and perspectives and create solutions, working in collaboration with one another despite party and ideological divisions, to achieve a practical, effective, inclusive government for Southern Oregon.
Join me at the table, and let’s build the future we want together.