2022-voter-guide2-Christina Stephenson

Christina Stephenson

Christina Stephenson

BOLI - Labor Commissioner

Commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries

Why I'm running.

Oregon’s working people and small businesses are struggling with rising costs. As Oregon’s next Labor Commissioner, I’ll expand job training and apprenticeships to get people back to work, ease the labor shortage, and help anyone willing to work hard get a raise, whether or not they have a college degree. As a civil rights attorney, I’ve worked with BOLI for over a decade. I’ve gone up against Wall Street’s biggest banks – and won. I also own and operate a small business, where I offer my employees fair pay and good benefits. I’m running because I believe that Oregon should be the best place to live and work in this country.

My top 3 priorities.

We need an economy that puts working people and small businesses first. That’s why my priorities include rooting out wage theft, discrimination, and on-the-job harassment; ensuring discrimination-free housing and public spaces; and expanding job training so that people struggling with rising costs can get high-paying jobs in more industries.

Why voters should choose me.

I have dedicated my life to being a champion for working families. The broad support I have built, including five previous BOLI Commissioners, unions, progressive groups, and elected officials, is a reflection of the hard work and dedication I will bring to this role. I want our economy to work for everyone. That’s why I’m dedicated to strengthening career pathways to ease our labor shortages, expanding job training and apprenticeships, and cutting government red tape to help small businesses grow. I’m also a lifelong Democrat and serve as a Washington County Precinct Committee Person.