January 22, 2021


A retired dentist and former candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives died Tuesday, after she was struck by a car on a West Salem road.

Selma Pierce, 66, was struck near Doaks Ferry Road NW and Hidden Valley Drive NW, police said. Officers believe she was in the roadway when she was struck. The driver who struck her stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said.

Pierce was married to Bud Pierce, a Salem oncologist who announced his second bid for governor this week. Bud Pierce, 64, previously ran for governor against incumbent Kate Brown in 2016. Selma Pierce played an active role in her husband’s campaign, making appearances at campaign events across the state and managing his social media accounts.

Pierce released a statement through his campaign organization on Tuesday evening.

“Selma Pierce, the glue of the Pierce family, an angel of a person, the only woman that I have ever loved, died this evening in a sudden and tragic accident,” Pierce said. “We cannot believe that she has left us, but we are comforted in the knowledge that she is with God, and we will see her again.”

Selma Pierce was an active volunteer, and organized dental service clinics for people who couldn’t afford dental care, according to a 2018 article in The Oregonian/OregonLive.

She ran twice for a seat in the Oregon House, challenging incumbent Rep. Paul Evans, a Democrat from Monmouth in both 2018 and 2020. Evans won both races.

House Republican Leader Christine Drazan, from Canby, said Pierce’s loss would be felt deeply throughout the community.

“Selma dedicated her life to serving people. She touched the lives of thousands through volunteer dental work to at-risk populations, service on local education foundations, and her and her husband Bud’s generous support of countless community organizations.”

—Jayati Ramakrishnan; 503-221-4320; [email protected]; @JRamakrishnanOR

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