Rich Vial is the nonaffiliated candidate for Oregon’s Senate District 18 which covers Aloha, parts of Hillsboro and Beaverton, and a swath of rural Washington County.
Over 35 years ago, Rich Vial and his wife Paula set their roots in Hillsboro where they have raised their 13 children and 46 grandchildren. As a farmer, small business owner, attorney and local leader, Rich knows how unique our communities are and how great our state can be.
Rich served as the former Chair of the Washington County Planning Commission and has previously served as Chair of the Groner School District Board and the Washington County Fair Board.
Rich decided in 2016 to take that public service to a greater level and he ran successfully for the Oregon House of Representatives in District 26. Immediately when he got to Salem, he realized the partisan gridlock and party politics in the legislature were preventing good things from getting done.
Nevertheless, Rich quickly developed a reputation for being a thoughtful, moderate leader who worked hard to build relationships on all sides of the aisle and vote the priorities of his constituents over the caucus.
As someone who has experience in the Legislature already, both as a representative and as deputy secretary of state from 2019 to 2020, Rich knows the way to get things done for all voters is to shed party affiliations entirely.
When not serving his community, running his farm or spending time with his family, he is an attorney at Vial Fotheringham LLP.