Matt Geiger, local candidate for Oregon Legislature House of Representatives for District 22, kicked off his campaign with friends, family and community members Saturday at The Estates Golf and Country Club.
Oregons Primary Election is scheduled for May 20, while Election Day is Nov. 4.
Geiger is running against State Rep. Betty Komp who currently celebrates her fifth term for the district. District 22 includes Woodburn, Gervais and North Salem.
While no opponents have filed yet, the filing deadline for any remaining candidacies is March 17.
Along Geigers journey moving to Woodburn nine years ago from Olympia, Wash., he attended St. Lawrence University in New York where he earned his Bachelor of Science in psychology. He continued his love for football as the Saints defensive end and long-snapper for three years. Before his university recruitment, Geiger attended Jesuit High School in Portland.
He has served on the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce Board, Woodburn Fire District Budget Committee, Woodburn School District Bond Planning Committee and the city of Woodburns Budget Committee.
Geiger was recognized as the Junior First Citizen of Woodburn in 2006, Chamber Member of the Year in 2006 and Woodburn Rotarian of the Year in 2011. He also served as Woodburn Rotarys president for the 2010-11 year.
My networks Im in, Im in for a reason, he said. Theres a reason Ive associated and affiliated with these people for so many years, because theyre great people.
During his Rotary presidency, Geiger led community projects, from putting the finishing touches on the Downtown Plaza Gazebo Project, coordinating funds for repainting the historic 1785 locomotive displayed in downtown Woodburn and contributing to Woodburn Clean-Up Day.
Being a small business owner as an American Family Insurance agent, Geiger plans to help create jobs and assist businesses if elected. He also mentioned his hope to take his keen ability to solve problems to the position.
I want to take that same exact attitude down to the Legislature in Salem, where well look at Oregons problems, fit it with products and programs that fit those needs of Oregon and do it within our budget. We dont need to raise taxes, we dont need to get more money anywhere, Geiger said. We need to do it within our budget and get it done the right way.
Geiger has helped coach Woodburn High Schools basketball team, but he is currently defensive line coach for the schools football team and finds it rewarding to see past players thank him.
He hopes his impact on the football players encourages them to return the favor of continuing to help the community in daily activities.
Theyre going to, in turn, make the community better because theyll go help somebody, he said.
Geigers volunteer work also includes Arbor Day tree planting with a local farmer in 2006 and 2007, Woodburns Community Thanksgiving Dinner and Striking Out Meth in Marion County, which he has participated in since 2007.
Geiger appreciates all the support from fellow Rotarians, chamber members, clients, fellow American Family Insurance agents and local community members.
The response so far has been amazing, especially from people I didnt think I made an impact on, Geiger said.