Councilor nominated for state women’s commission

Clara Beas Fitzgerald

Hermiston city councilor Clara Beas Fitzgerald has been nominated by Governor Kate Brown for a seat on the Oregon Commission for Women.

She was the only Umatilla County resident on the governor’s list of names submitted for senate confirmation during the February legislative session.

Beas Fitzgerald said she was “speechless” at the honor and would do what she could to represent Eastern Oregon women well. She will testify at a senate confirmation hearing in Salem on Feb. 9.

“I think I will be a good fit because I work with so many different types of women,” she said.

In addition to her work as a city councilor, Beas Fitzgerald said she also has occasion to speak with various Eastern Oregon women through her work on the Hispanic Advisory Committee and as a teacher at Sam Boardman Elementary School.

The Oregon Commission for Women was formed in 1964 by Governor Mark Hatfield to advise him on the needs and concerns of the state’s women. The commission’s stated goals today include advocating for equal treatment in the workplace and under the law, celebrating the accomplishments of the state’s women and helping women access resources and education.

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