Meet George

My name is George Carrillo. I’m a proud father, husband, veteran, and Oregonian. I’m running for governor because health, housing, and opportunity shouldn’t be determined by your background, location, and privilege. Necessary changes can only be made by those who understand the power dynamics of oppression and be able to identify it in current state systems.

In the 1960’s my parents immigrated from Ecuador to the ghettos of Chicago with nothing but the clothes on their back and hope in their hearts. Both of my parents were factory workers for over thirty years and sacrificed whatever they could to provide us with stable housing, education, access to healthcare, and food. They raised me and my siblings, while also helping their community with the little they had. Their sacrifices, compassion, and determination instilled in me values of integrity, hard work, respect, and public service.

As a former Sheriff Deputy and Marine Corps Sergeant, I understand that our social problems do not impact one population alone and require a strong collaboration by all communities to overcome. As a member of the Latinx community, I know that things don’t get better by simply pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. United we stand and united is how we succeed.

I earned my bachelor’s degree through the GI Bill after serving my country in the United States Marine Corps. I continued to work for the community as a Sheriff Deputy and saw firsthand how the criminal justice system disproportionately penalizes communities of color and those with behavioral health issues. I saw the inequities in how officers were trained and how we utilized our police force. Serving in the police force is not an easy task, but serving our communities is a responsibility that should be taken with a proactive approach to provide individuals and families a fair and equitable opportunity instead of having to pick between bad options and living in a state of survival.

I made Oregon my home in 2013 and have since worked to help the state’s most vulnerable populations during my time with the Department of Human Services and currently with the Oregon Health Authority. My experience working at both agencies has pushed me to run for public office. I have not previously been a politician, however, I have been and continue to be a leader in the community. A leader that understands that our workforce is not expendable. That equity, diversity, and inclusion are not just buzzwords used without action and follow up. That how the state implements policies is just as important as changing them.

In our system of government, we manage risk over what’s in the best interest of the Oregonians we serve. We rely on our unions to represent our employees and fight for their best interests. Yet, when social circumstances decline and leadership makes hasty decisions, unions are blamed for the inability to terminate employees deemed problematic for seeking basic human treatment.

As an executive leader who’s climbed up the ranks, I’ve experienced and witnessed how state leadership silences and pushes out employees and community partners who identify systemic problems without considering solutions brought forward. Our communities deserve leaders who understand the impact of their decisions regardless of the intent. We need leaders that will allow and create accountability through community based expectations. We need leaders who can place their egos and biases aside. Leaders who understand that it is not other’s responsibility to manage their feelings, but their responsibility to bring community to all of our platforms through collaborative approaches. We are all one Oregon.

Our system of government and leadership have not been meeting our state’s needs. It’s time for a change.