If you got this postcard in the mail, don't be fooled by the Women's Leadership Coalition name in the return address. Actually that group is an Oregon Right to Life organization. Below you'll find proof of this.
So keep this deception in mind when you cast your ballot in the May 21 Salem-Keizer School Board election. Heyen is running against Raul Marquez, a much better candidate who isn't beholden to a special interest like Oregon Right to Life.
Here's how I know Oregon Right to Life is behind this postcard. It didn't require much sleuthing.
The return address -- P.O. Box 20103, Keizer, OR -- matches the address of one of the people listed as a director of the Women's Leadership Coalition PAC: Lois Anderson, the political director for Oregon Right to Life. Here's a screenshot from the ORESTAR database in the Secretary of State's office.
Note that all of the directors of the Women's Leadership Coalition PAC are employed by Oregon Right to Life. The Oregon Right to Life PAC also is a major contributor to the Women's Leadership Coalition PAC, having given $35,000 to it in the past eight months. UPDATE: originally I said $10,000 in seven months, but someone called my attention to two large Oregon Right to Life donations in September 2018 that totaled $25,000.
So it seems clear that the blandly-named Women's Leadership Coalition actually is a front group for an extremist organization, Oregon Right to Life.
Extremist, because Oregon Right to Life is a fanatical single-issue group that fantasizes Planned Parenthood is plotting to get its tendrils into the Salem-Keizer School District in order to enrich itself by foisting abortions on students.
Part of the proof presented by Oregon Right to Life is a Google Maps image that shows a Planned Parenthood clinic in Salem indeed is several blocks away from McKay High School.
Gosh, that's proof of... well, the clinic being several blocks away from McKay High School -- nothing else. There's a Kaiser Permanente Medical Office even closer to McKay High School, but Oregon Right to Life isn't bothered by that.
So why is Oregon Right to Life backing Marty Heyen via a front group, rather than being open about this?
Probably because a 2014 Pew Research Center survey found that 63% of people in Oregon favor abortion being legal in all/most cases. Among Oregon women the percentage almost certainly is higher.
UPDATE: I've gotten results for Salem and Keizer on 2018's Oregon Measure 106, which would have banned public funds from being used on abortions unless necessary to save a woman's life. It was defeated statewide by about 64% No and 36% Yes.
Here's the local results. This shows that Oregon Right to Life is out of touch with voters in Salem and Keizer. Note that every ward in Salem, even the most conservative ones, supported abortion rights.
Here's the people to vote for in the school board election: David Salinas, Raul Marquez, and Chuck Lee. Believe me: I've heard them speak. They're all impressive candidates.
Salinas and Marquez (left and center in the photo) will bring fresh perspectives to the school board. Lee, running for re-election, brings experience. Mark your ballot for these three.