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Eagle Point School Board head to run for Legislature

Eagle Point School Board Chairwoman Emily McIntire is running for the Oregon Legislature.

The chairwoman of the Eagle Point School Board is running for a seat in the state Legislature.

Emily McIntire announced her bid to represent the newly formed House District 56 in a news release Tuesday.

McIntire, the daughter of a former Jackson County Republican Party chairman, described herself as a “community leader who is passionate about restoring local control of education, beating back government overreach, and securing real solutions for the wildfire crisis in Southern Oregon.”

“Change for our community has to start in Salem, and I am going to be a tireless advocate that Southern Oregonians can count on,” McIntire said in a prepared statement. “I am thrilled for this opportunity to bring my experience in education and strong community values to complement the great Republican leadership already in place in our state capital. It’s not about politics, it’s about people.”

District 56 now runs from Eagle Point to Klamath Falls. The changes come about after a redistricting bill was passed, according to a McIntire aide.

Emily and her husband, Ryan, have lived in Jackson County and Eagle Point for over 20 years, where they have raised their two children, Grace, 19, and Korbyn, 13. She was elected to the Eagle Point School Board in 2018 and again in 2021.