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Gresham Democrat calls it quits

She first won election to the house in 2014 working on policies to support women in the workplace, welcome immigrants and refugees and end no-cause evictions.

Rep. Carla PilusoRep. Carla Piluso, D-Gresham, announced this week that she would not seek reelection for the fourth time to represent House District 50, which includes a wide swath of eastern Multnomah County.

She first won election to the house in 2014 working on policies to support women in the workplace, welcome immigrants and refugees and end no-cause evictions.

Piluso's career in public service began in 1979 when she joined the Gresham Police Department, the second female office in department history. Over the next three decades, she rose through the ranks and retired as chief of police in 2008.

As both law enforcement agent and lawmaker, Piluso has prioritized combatting domestic and sexual violence.

"Carla is always fighting for the underdog, and she has never stopped insisting that our criminal justice system can and should do better for every Oregon," said Jennifer Williamson, former House Majority Leader. "The dedication, experience, and heart she brings to Salem are simply irreplaceable."

According to Piluso, the decision to retire from the legislature was not easy, but she's excited to hand over the reins to the next generation of leaders.

"My three terms in the Legislature saw a lot of change and some amazing victories," she said. "I have been able to make a real impact on issues I have cared about my entire career, like protecting our community from domestic violence."

Piluso will serve out the remainder of her term representing her constituents through 2020.

Future PAC, the House Democratic Caucuses campaign arm, would not comment on any names being considered for a run at this time. It's likely Democrats will continue to hold seat they've won each election cycle since 2008, with Piluso most recently winning an uncontested race in 2018 with nearly 94 percent of the vote.