A busted jaw in a professional boxing match ended a career in the ring for Ontario's Eddie Melendrez. Now, he pushes to see that young people in Malheur County to get a chance to advance and learn. He serves now on both the Ontario City Council and the Ontario School Board – serving as a role model that he hopes inspires others to serve.
Ontario City Counciler Eddie Melendrez poses at Ontario City Hall on June 14, 2022. "We need a seat at the table," said Melendrez, a boxer, artist, and longtime youth advocate. "What are you gonna do to be a part of the solution?"
City Councilor Eddie Melendrez spars with mentee Adam Nungaray in his garage on June 15, 2022, in preparation for Nungaray's upcoming match. "[Training and mentoring] empowered me to be a better person," said Melendrez. "To be a good boxer, but a . . .