Working Together in Solidarity!
Every year, Multnomah Democrats hold the Celsi Celebration and award those elected officials, PCPs, and young Democrats that have been outstanding activists. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we couldn’t celebrate them in person, so we are honoring them here for our Beyond Celsi 2020 online celebration and auction.
Watch this gracious acceptance and call to action by Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer
We couldn’t hold our Celsi Celebration 2020 to honor Representative Keny-Guyer in person and raise money for the coming year. Please contribute now and help us drive for positive change in the upcoming election.
It’s hard to believe that a year ago Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer was preparing for a nine-hour surgery to treat thyroid cancer. Twelve days later, she was back in the Capitol, working to pass critical legislation like the nation’s first statewide rent cap and no cause eviction, and the first statewide zoning law to allow for missing middle housing in cities. That is the kind of commitment she has shown through her nearly decade in office. Unlike most of her Republican counterparts, Alissa has always shown up to do the work.
She is constantly visible in the community, attending annual events or strolling through the farmer’s market. Even during session, Alissa often spent her Thursday night at Multnomah Democrats Central Committee meeting, taking input and reporting on the state of play in the legislature.
The legislature was just Alissa’s most recent act in service. She has spent 40 years working to eliminate poverty, invest in youth, protect the environment, and promote civil rights. After doing community development in Indonesian villages, she earned a Masters in Public Health, worked in Hawaiian nonprofits and the Hawaii legislature, and ran an international exchange organization in California.
After moving to her district 25 years ago, Alissa balanced raising three kids with professional and volunteer jobs to improve public education and support vulnerable families. Since joining the legislature in 2011, Alissa has chaired the Human Services & Housing Committee and served on the Health Care, Early Childhood & Family Supports, Consumer Protection, and Revenue Committees.
“Alissa is my friend, legislative district neighbor and frequent carpool companion. I will miss her passion and commitment to building a more just Oregon for all,” said House Majority Leader Barbara Smith Warner.
Multnomah Democrats are deeply appreciative of Alissa’s service and look forward to learning of her next chapter.
Although cancelled out of concern for the COVID-19 pandemic, Celsi Celebration 2020 promised to be a vibrant evening for all. Donate right now so that we can power our efforts into this critical election of 2020.
Not only did we lose this opportunity to gather and celebrate all the volunteers that make Multnomah Democrats so effective, We lost our key fundraiser for the year. Please make a donation to power our community-driven work.