About David Molina.
Candidate for House District 29.
David Molina is an entrepreneur, former Army Captain, and father of three. He joined the race for Oregon House District 29 because he could no longer stand idly by while Salem's special interest politicians continue to veer Oregon off track with their reckless and unchecked spending, and billions in tax increases at the expense of small business owners, veterans and the most disenfranchised.
My father, Che, is a truck driver, and mother, Catalina, worked for years in the fields and agriculture production—today, we need to make it seamless, not more cumbersome to train and prepare our young men and women in vocational training for good paying, secured jobs, and not more bloated debt and structural unemployment.
David was born in Hood River and raised in Mount Vernon, a rural farm town an hour north of Seattle, and went to public schools. As a kid, David worked alongside his parents in the fields picking berries, harvesting oysters, construction, sales and proudly worked minimum wage and piecework jobs. These early years cemented David's strong work ethic and persistent attitude. Attending public schools throughout, David graduated high school a year late, and went onto Skagit Valley College where he earned an associates. After Skagit, David enlisted in our nation's Army and after basic training was assigned to the Portland-based, 364th Civil Affairs Brigade (Special Functions Team), where he earned the Army Achievement Medal as a Private First Class, an award more common for junior non-commissioned officers.
After 9/11, David enrolled in Army ROTC while attending Oregon State University. David went onto transfer to the 104th Division where he served with a Drill Sergeant unit. After earning an undergraduate degree in Political Science and commissioning as a second lieutenant in the Infantry Branch, David trained at the U.S. Army School of Infantry at Fort Benning, Georgia and served as an Aide-de-Camp to the Assistant Division Commander and the Commanding General. As a citizen-soldier, David mobilized twice serving on active-duty as a Summary Court Martial Officer at the Joint Personal Effects Depot at Aberdeen Proving Ground (2007-2008), and as the S-2/3 Officer in Charge, Public Affairs & Protocol Officer at the Joint Personal Effects Depot, Dover Air Force Base (2011-2013) on the Mortuary Affairs Complex where he earned the Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Lt. Rowan Award.
David grew up in a family of six, raised Catholic, and taught at an early age to fight for others who can't fight or speak up for themselves. When he couldn't use his New GI Bill to go to a code school, David self-taught himself Ruby on Rails and in 2014 wrote the first line of code for www.operationcode.org to petition Congress to expand the New GI Bill to include code schools—today, over a dozen coding schools now accept GI Bill benefits. He has been interviewed by several media outlets, including Oregon Veterans News, The Hum, Wired, The Seattle Times, GeekWire, KOIN6 News, Portland Business Journal, and The Bend Bulletin, and has been to Washington, D.C. to lobby Members of Congress, and is not afraid to advance legislation and fight for those who've worn the uniform and their families.
As Founder and Chief Executive Officer, David leads a remote, decentralized veterans nonprofit that spans across 20 time zones mission focused on ensuring every transitioning service member, veteran and spouse can learn software development, enter the tech industry, and code the future. In this role, David has advocated for removing unnecessary government red tape and bureaucracy to keep up with changing times and new ways of learning for those who've worn the uniform, and their families, with successful legislative wins at the federal level providing funding for veterans to learn to code. An serial entrepreneur, David is relentless in the pursuit of innovation and excellence.
As he's done for his soldiers on active-duty, for veterans as a civilian, David will stand up every day for our National Guard/ Reservists and ensure Oregon's youth are afforded the opportunity to serve in uniform protecting our people at home and abroad—and, he will fight for vocational placement to erase our 47th national high school graduation standing while starting our young men and women into the workforce earlier. It's time.
David resides in Forest Grove where he's an elected Precinct Committee Person (PCP) for the Washington County Republicans. He can be reached on his campaign cell or email if you'd like to share your thoughts, ideas or would like to volunteer to stop one-party Democratic rule.
Oregon government is sadly broken and stuck in past times. We are in fact dangerously being led by entrenched special interest groups that have no regard for the U.S. Constitution, the Electoral College, Oregon Constitution, or common sense. Today, the Dems are just shy one vote of a super majority in Oregon—sending David to Salem will block them in their tracks.