Occupation: Law Enforcement
Occupational Background: 26 years, Portland Police Bureau: Officer, Detective (Homicide, Sex Crimes), Child Abuse
Educational Background: B.S., Administration of Justice, Portland State University; Master's, Administration of Justice, University of Portland
Prior Governmental Experience: None
MAKING EDUCATION FUNDING A PRIORITY
As State Representative, Shirley will work to provide stable, adequate funding for schools. She will work to make our public school system more efficient, so that more taxpayer dollars reach the classroom and schools are more accountable.
"Shirley cares deeply about our children and their education. I know she will work hard to ensure education comes first." - Cheryl McKernan, Educator
CREATING JOBS, STRENGTHENING OREGON'S ECONOMY
Shirley understands that job growth stimulates our economy and gives the state revenue it needs to deliver important services. Shirley supports policies that help make Oregon a great place to do business.
"We need Shirley to represent us in the Legislature. She understands the best way to grow our economy is help create jobs and promote business." - Elnora Lowery, Small Business Owner
Shirley's background in law enforcement and public safety means she understands too well the devastating effects of Meth, child abuse and releasing sex offenders in our community. Shirley has the tools and knowledge to make a difference when it comes to public safety issues and protecting Oregonians.
"Shirley's record on law enforcement is incredible. Her experience and reputation will be a tremendous asset to her in the Legislature." - Detective Jon Rhodes, Law Enforcement Officer
PART OF THE COMMUNITY
Shirley was born, raised and educated in the Portland metropolitan area. A resident of Tigard for over 25 years, Shirley is a dedicated mother and law enforcement professional who still finds time for community service and is a frequent volunteer in Portland's inner city.
"I've known Shirley for many years; she is a wonderful Mom and a great person. Her dedication and commitment to her family and her community are unmatched." - Amy Christianson, Parent
(This information furnished by Friends of Shirley Parsons.)