Climate Change is an Emergency, and Clean Energy is our Opportunity to Create Good-paying Union Jobs on the Coast.

Canning knows climate. Where others see crisis, she sees opportunity. Oregon’s fourth Congressional District is home to:  

  • The most promising federal waters for off-shore wind power development in our nation,

  • The largest tidal energy field research facility in the United States, and

  • Federal forest lands that play a critical role in carbon sequestration for our planet. 

Canning knows that here in Oregon, we have an outsize role to play in building the climate solutions that will create good paying union jobs and cool our planet, and that leadership in Congress is essential to our success.


Health care is a human right. It's time to pass Medicare for All.

In Congress, Canning will join the Medicare for All Caucus with Chair Jayapal, and lead the fight for a universal, single payer system to ensure that everyone – no matter where we live, who we love, what our race or income – can see a doctor, get the medicines we need, and live a healthy life without the burdens of high deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, or cash premiums.

Oregonians overwhelmingly support a Medicare for All single payer system, across partisan lines and across our district and this is what Canning will fight for in Washington.


Parental Leave, Early Learning, Great Schools, Quality Jobs and Care We Can Count On

Like Senator Warren, if Canning hadn’t gotten lucky with toddler childcare, she wouldn't have started law school and she wouldn’t be running for Congress today. She knows how hard it is to make childcare work in this country, and believes preschool shouldn’t be a luxury only for the rich. That’s why Canning supports Senator Warren’s plan for universal childcare

Families need time to care, caregivers deserve respect on the job, our kids need quality early learning options, and great schools with educators who have the support they need to thrive.


Everyone deserves a safe, stable place to live. Canning has been in the fight, and she’ll stay in the fight, as our voice for housing solutions in Congress.

Our district is facing a housing crisis. Shamefully, Oregon leads the nation in the rate of homeless children. Eugene is the second tightest housing market in the US (after Seattle), and people are having a hard time affording the rising rent, buying their first home, downsizing later in life, or finding a place to live at all. The housing crunch in Corvallis and rural areas is no different, and homelessness in our community is rising every year. 

Canning has been in the fight for housing for a long time, and advised the founding of Homes for All, which brings together the grassroots housing rights advocates across the country to fight for policies like ending no-cause evictions, fighting back against buyouts of residential housing by Wall Street and Private Equity firms, and advancing progresisve housing priorities in Congress.


Our country must reckon with the harms of racism, and we must move forward together.

Canning will support anti-racist policies in Congress in the ways she has always done, as a strong ally for BIPOC communities and committed racial justice leader with a clear eyed vision of change. For over 15 years, Canning has quietly advised some of the most powerful racial justice movements in our country, from Right to the City, to Showing Up for Racial Justice, to the Excluded Workers Congress, which built power for workers who are not protected by labor laws as a result of the legacy of slavery and the proliferation of private contract employer arrangements like gig work platfoms. 

During the pandemic, Canning led efforts at United for Respect to fight for workers at the nation’s largest employers of women and people of color: Amazon and Walmart. Her team worked with Sen. Sanders to hold his very first hearing as Senate Budget Committee chairman on the Raise the Wage Act.

Working Families Can’t Wait

The pandemic has only worsened economic inequality, and shown us the power of the labor movement to fight for working people.

Canning has worked alongside labor in this Congress to: 

  • Pass the PRO Act, which restores the right of workers to freely and fairly form a union and bargain together for changes in the workplace.

  • Win an Essential Workers Bill of Rights 

  • Raise the federal minimum wage 

  • Stop Wall Street Looting 

Canning is a fighting champion for working families and for our labor movement. During the worst days of the pandemic, she was deep in the fight for workers’ rights, bringing the ground truth stories of frontline workers into the headlines, and the halls of Congress. She joined the team to take on the fight for virus protections, respect on the job, sick leave, and fair pay for essential workers at the nation’s largest private employers, Amazon and Walmart, at the labor rights organization United for Respect.


Abortion care is health care, and health care is a human right. Exercise of these rights must be available to all, no matter where we live or how much money we make. We Choose What’s Best for Us and Our Lives. Period.

Canning stands strong with our right to determine our destiny and choose what’s right for our own bodies and lives and will fight to defend these rights in Congress. Reproductive justice is the right of every person to decide for themselves when, how, and with whom we will start (or grow) our families. Everyone, no matter what our  sexual orientation or gender identity, income, race, or background, deserves comprehensive reproductive health care, available and accessible in every community. 


No one should start their life in debt. Canceling student debt will secure economic opportunity for millions of borrowers as well as advance racial justice. We need debt forgiveness and free public college now.

As a small town girl who worked hard for good grades, Canning went to night school at a community college, received scholarships for private school, and then Pell grants and federal loans for four year college. She attended the University of Oregon School of Law on seven different scholarships and fellowships. But even with all of those academic scholarships, her education put her over $100,000 in debt.

Student loan debt in America now tops $1.75 trillion, and is holding millions of people back from starting families, buying homes, launching businesses, going to graduate school, or moving forward in life.


It's time to take care of our rural communities as much as our cities.

Rural Oregon is beautiful, resilient, and after decades of neglect and disinvestment, struggling. We are blessed with natural riches and an ingenuity that can be our source of prosperity as we transition to a renewable energy future. 

In Congress I plan to:

  • Protect Our Towns from Wildfire and Create Jobs in Home Hardening and Resilience. 

  • Bring Jobs To Rural Oregon By Investing In Regenerative Farming, Ranching, And Forestry - As Well As Offshore Wind And Tidal Energy. 

  • Ensure Farmers Have The Right To Repair Equipment. 

  • Fight For Fair Prices For Family Farmers. 

  • Break Up Food System Monopolies. 

  • Bring More Doctors And Childcare To Rural Communities.


Canning embraces all families, affirms all genders, and will fight hard for all people to secure your right to love who you love and be who you are, wherever you are. No exceptions.

In Congress I plan to:

  • Pass The Equality Act. 

  • Pass The Do No Harm Act. 

  • Strengthen Non-Discrimination Protections And Provide Congressional Oversight To Ensure Rights Are Protected In Practice. 

  • National Ban On Conversion Therapy. 

  • Make Schools Safer For LGBTQ+ Kids. 

  • End Housing, Adoption, Foster Care, And All Forms of Discrimination. 

  • Stop The Epidemic Of Violence Against Trans People of Color.


Representing those who fight and suffer from war - Not those who profit from war.

The United States has been in a state of continuous, global, open-ended military conflict since 2001, making these “Forever Wars” the longest period of sustained conflict in U.S. history, and making defense contracts extremely profitable. From my work with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for over 15 years, I know the horrors of these wars, and the struggles for so many of our veterans to move on with their lives after coming home. These wars have wounded my entire generation. Many hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians have been killed, and over 20 million refugees have been forced from their homes. Most Americans want change, and the populations of the Middle East overwhelmingly reject the never-ending presence of the U.S. military. It’s time to bring the Forever Wars to a responsible and expedient conclusion, increase oversight of an over-funded pentagon, and ensure our veterans are supported at home.