Rep. Alonso Leon Named Fiesta Parade Grand Marshal

Former Woodburn City Councilor and current House District 22 Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon was recently chosen to be this year’s Fiesta Mexicana parade grand marshal.

The first-term legislator is the daughter of migrant farmworkers and an immigrant to the U.S. She grew up in the district she now serves, attending schools in Gervais and Woodburn. Due to the influence of a dedicated high school counselor, Rep. Alonso Leon became the first in her family to attend college, and now holds a master’s degree in public administration from Portland State University. Education was her path to success, and now she is passionate about increasing opportunity and access for Oregon students.

Rep. Alonso Leon previously worked for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission as the high school equivalency and GED administrator, working to ensure that every Oregon student has the education they need to succeed. Prior to her election to the legislature in 2016, she was appointed to the Woodburn City Council in 2013.

“Teresa has a life story that many people here in Woodburn can identify with,” said Assistant City Administrator Jim Row. “She is a good role model to so many in our community and is proof that if you work hard, you can accomplish anything. She will make a great ambassador for the Fiesta as its grand marshal.”

The Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana runs Aug. 4-6 at Legion Park. The parade will be Aug. 5 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Woodburn Aquatic Center.

For more information on the Fiesta Parade, click here.

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