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Vancouver nurse Terri Niles to run for 17th Legislative District in the Washington House of Representatives

Democrat lost 2022 campaign to fill district’s Position 1

By Dylan Jefferies, Columbian staff writer
Published: April 6, 2024, 6:02am

Vancouver Democrat Terri Niles announced this week that she is again running to represent the 17th Legislative District, Position 1, in the state House of Representatives.

Niles lost a 2022 bid for the seat to Rep. Kevin Waters, R-Stevenson, in the race to succeed Republican Rep. Vicki Kraft.

Niles is running to address inflation, lower health care costs, and invest in energy solutions and independence, according to her website.

“We need to put the partisanship, the far-right MAGA attacks and the divisiveness in the rear view mirror and get stuff done,” Niles stated in a news release. “I’m running because we need someone who focuses on pragmatic, common-sense results for the 17th District.”

A familiar name in Clark County politics, Niles regularly speaks at Clark County Council meetings, and she served on the county Charter Review Commission in 2021.

For Niles, the motivation to run came from working as an intensive care nurse and union representative during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She has 20 years of experience in intensive care units and five years in nursing administration. She is also a past vice president of AURN, the Oregon Nurses Association bargaining unit at Oregon Health and Science University.

“Times are tough for folks in the 17th Legislative District,” she said. “It’s time for legislators to focus on the basics and real solutions. This includes good quality schools, creating jobs, ensuring accessible and affordable health care, protecting our environment and protecting women’s rights to reproductive health care.”

Additionally, Niles said she wants to improve public safety.

“Nurses are known for their values of accountability, integrity, responsibility and compassion,” she said. “Recognizing the paramount importance of public safety, I will stand by our law enforcement professionals, ensuring they have the necessary resources to fulfill their duties effectively.”

To learn more about Niles’ campaign, visit voteterriniles.com.