"I see our families, communities, schools and safety net programs under attack from the far right, and I am running for state representative to fight for an Oregon that invests in its people," Wilde said. "I spent half of my childhood growing up poor in rural Lane County. Thanks to the love of my parents, the support of my community, and the voters’ investment in Medicaid, food programs, and public schools, my family was able to climb out of poverty. I’ve spent my career so far trying to pay forward that debt."

Prior to entering the Legislature, Marty Wilde worked as Executive Director of the Lane County Medical Society and currently serves as a Colonel in the Oregon Air National Guard. He is an active community volunteer, having served as a member of the Eugene Police Commission and the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Lane County. In the past, he served as Co-Chair of the Mayor's Auditor Study Group, a member of the Eugene Budget Committee, as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman protecting the elderly, and as two-time President of the City Club of Eugene.

Wilde has also accrued 25 years of military service, during which he served as Chief, Rule of Law in Afghanistan, helping to rebuild the Afghan justice system, and he was awarded a Bronze Star for his service. He also deployed in support of peace operations in Bosnia, to the Middle East as a military prosecutor, and in the NORAD Air Operations Center.

His commitment to service has also earned him the support of community leaders, such as State Senator Lee Beyer and retired Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy. "Marty has spent his career serving Oregon and our country. He represents our highest shared values and will fight for them representing the people of House District 11,” Sen. Beyer stated. “Marty’s long history of military, nonprofit, and public service is evidence of his dedication to the people of Oregon. He shares my commitment to protecting our natural resources while building a strong economy that adequately funds public education, public services and healthy families. I am happy to endorse him for House District 11,” Piercy said.

House District 11 stretches from the University of Oregon south through Eugene, down to Creswell, around Pleasant Hill, east of Springfield, and into central Linn County; it includes incorporated cities Brownsville, Coburg, Creswell, Halsey and Harrisburg. Rep. Phil Barnhart recently announced his retirement after 17 years of service in the Oregon House of Representatives. “Representative Barnhart has done terrific work both representing the people of House District 11 and serving in leadership in the Oregon House," Wilde said. "I look forward to continuing his zealous advocacy for public schools, a clean environment, and a fair tax system."