Dr. Sharon Meieran, a Southwest Portland emergency room physician, is the first candidate to form a political action committee and start raising money in House District 36, which includes much of Southwest Portland.

Meieran, who earned her medical degree from the University of California-San Francisco in 2002,  is one of a handful of people who had expressed interest in the seat being vacated by incumbent Rep. Mary Nolan, who is challenging City Commissioner Amanda Fritz next year.

State filings show that Meieran established a committee on July 13 and has raised nearly $7,000 so far. Meieran is a 2010 graduate of Emerge Oregon, a group aimed at getting more Democratic women to run for office.