On October 25, President Barack Obama endorsed Teresa Alonso Leon in her race for Oregon House District 22. Alonso Leon is among a select group of state legislative candidates from around the country to be endorsed by the President.

House District 22 encompasses Woodburn, Gervais and North Salem.

The contest has caught national attention due to Alonso Leon’s unique profile in the state’s only minority-majority district. Alonso Leon, the state’s GED and high school equivalency administrator, has focused her campaign on a reinvestment in schools, putting working families and small businesses ahead of corporate special interests and protecting seniors.

“We are thrilled that President Obama is endorsing our candidates in some of the most competitive races across the country,” said Jessica Post, Executive Director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. “His endorsement highlights how crucial state legislative elections are to building on the progress the President has achieved and to continuing to move our nation forward.”

Earlier this month, Nike co-founder Phil Knight contributed $50,000 to Alsono-Leon’s competitor, Republican Patti Milne. The gift was part of $380,000 in contributions Knight made to eight Republicans from around the state who are running for Oregon legislative seats.