Shelaswau Crier

Marion County Commissioner, Position 1

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Shelaswau Crier is teacher, community activist, lawyer, wife, mother, and proud Oregonian running for Marion County Commissioner on a progressive platform.

After earning her BA in mathematics, Shelaswau taught middle school math, and was disturbed by school policies interfering with learning like high stakes testing. With systemic policy change in mind, she then earned her degree from Yale Law School, eventually going on to clerk for a federal judge, practice law, and teach law at both Loyola New Orleans and Willamette University. I now consult for the Oregon Department of Education and teach law to police officers at the state law enforcement academy. Shelaswau also served as the Vice President for the Salem-Keizer NAACP and currently serves on several state advisory committees.

With Kolis Crier, my husband of 23 years, Shelaswau is the mother of five children who attended Salem public schools as well as Rice University, Western Oregon University and the University of Oregon. She’s been an active leader in her children’s’ schools throughout their education, serving on site councils, as a PTO officer, managing music group finances, and even videotaping games for South Salem High’s Girls Lacrosse team.

When her eldest son died by suicide, Shelaswau devoted her time to her other children, providing them with presence and emotional support. She has chosen to honor her children’s lives, and the lives of all in my community, by seeking to improve education, increase access to mental health care, secure justice for women, immigrants and people of color, and create a responsive, efficient, effective and compassionate county government.

She is running to make sure that the county government in Marion County listens to everyone’s voice, and to improve the way Marion County addresses issues that youth and working families face daily, including finding living wage jobs, affordable housing, and healthcare. She is dedicated to inclusive collaborative policy-making that purposefully seeks to involve the people affected and public employees who serve them.

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