Zach is a PCP and an Oregon State Representative from HD 49, serving Troutdale, Fairview and Wood Village in Multnomah County. He took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about why he is an active Democrat.
Why did you become involved in the Democratic Party of Multnomah County?
I got involved in local politics by volunteering on many different campaigns, including Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson and then-Representative Chris Gorsek. I wasn’t officially a PCP then, but I served on the Troutdale City Council. When I ran for State Representative in 2020 I found that HD 49 also needed a District Leader, so I volunteered to do that, too!
Why do you think it’s important for Democrats to become involved at the local level?
Local politics are where the real conversations happen. It’s the team of committed volunteers knocking on doors and talking to visitors at farmers markets who really shift opinions.
What are some of the priorities for our state and for Multnomah County this year?
It’s not too early to get ready for 2024. Getting friends and neighbors interested is the first step to turning out a great team of volunteers when it’s time to campaign.
What is making you hopeful right now?
2024 is going to be a great year! 2022 was tough, but Oregon Democrats held the legislature and the governor’s office, and now we’re enacting some real change. I’m confident that next election we can win back the seats we lost.
Please tell us something about what else you do outside of politics?
I’m a teacher. I have taught at middle schools, high schools and colleges in East Multnomah County for 17 years.
Are you involved in other causes?
Yes, the Equal Vote Coalition, which promotes STAR voting. Find out more at: https://www.equal.vote/about
To connect with Rep. Hudson, visit his Oregon Legislature page: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/hudson