For more than 20 years I have worked as a nurse in communities across America. Oregon's reputation as a healthcare leader and its natural beauty drew me here.
I’m running for State Representative because It is time for a change in our district. We deserve a representative who is committed to building a healthy community, who understands that our community is stronger when we work together and take care of each other.
Currently I serve disabled and elderly homebound patients and specialize in palliative and hospice care. You learn a lot about what’s important by spending hours in living rooms and bedsides, listening to their dreams and fears, sharing their faith, and giving them hope. But I’ve also seen a darker side, in my work and in our community.
I WATCH my elderly patients worry about seeking care because of the costs.
I SEE them in their kitchens rationing their medication.
I WATCH families rely on food banks to keep from going hungry.
I’m tired of elected officials that don’t believe there is a need for government to address these issues.
I have seen for myself the importance of support services. When I was young, my father was diagnosed with cancer. To survive, he depended on Medicaid – and for our family to make ends meet, we depended on social services.
I recall my mother's embarrassment when she used food stamps to feed us. I also remember, even at that early age, thinking that it was sad my mom felt shame. It’s a terrible thing when people in power – people who claim to represent us – would deny those in need instead of reaching out to help.
As State Representative, I will work tirelessly to ensure that Oregonians have access to every opportunity for success. I will fight for the underserved in our communities, and I will be a fierce advocate to pass legislation surrounding access to affordable healthcare, investment in education, and living-wage job creation. I will take on the challenges of Salem just as I have throughout my nursing career.
I am proud to be a strong advocate for my patients. As an Oregonian and your neighbor, I will fight just as hard for our shared values in Salem. My name is Rachel Prusak and I am running to become your state representative in District 37.