Heather Ricks

Candidate for Oregon State Representative for District 49
Meet the Candidate

Meet the Candidate

Candidate Statement:

East County is not where I grew up, but I am so grateful to call it home. It is an amazing area, and this community is one I want to see lifted up and growing in the way that is best for us, not anywhere else.

I was born and raised in Oregon and moved to the east coast for college. Every day I was away I missed this beautiful place I am from. I know that sounds hyperbolic, but I can assure you it is not. Oregon is so easy to take for granted when it’s all you have known, so I thought I wanted something else. Out east I saw overcrowding, people unable to afford to live, and restrictions and taxation that kept people down instead of lifting them up. I thought that would end when I came home, but sadly it did not. In the decade I was gone, Portland saw a huge population boom that the city and state were not prepared for. This resulted in many of our citizens experiencing hardships. It is time for economic and social growth to catch up.

If elected, I want to work with others to see job creation, housing solutions, and less regulation on new entrepreneurs. There are a lot of easy outs that seem good on paper, but actually keep the most vulnerable people in our community where they are. Empowering our citizens to take charge of their own lives and create the Oregon they want to live in is vital.

Thank you for taking the time to vote, and to make your voice heard. Whether you vote for me, or one of my very qualified opponents, I thank you for reading this and being a part of our elections process.


  • 2 years on the Community Development and Housing Subcommittee (CDHS) for Gresham. CDHS distributes Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds to groups who are providing solutions for homelessness and other issues related to housing and development facing the city of Gresham.
  • Volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocate  (CASA) working with children in foster care.
  • Volunteer with a Mount Hood Community College prospective club.
  • Worked for a 2+ years in tech with a well-known US company as a freelance contractor.
  • Office manager at a major NYC bakery.
  • Studio manager for a busy NYC animation studio.
  • Bachelor’s in Communication from Russell Sage College, Post-graduate work towards a Master’s degree at Syracuse University in Television/Radio/Film

Keep an eye on this page for more information on appearances, events, and other exciting news.



Banner photo by Analise Zocher, used from this link.

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