On Wednesday afternoon Congressman David Wu sent a handwritten note to Gov. John Kitzhaber, resigning from his position representing Oregon’s 1st District. Wu’s resignation came after reports of an alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old and after numerous accounts of erratic behavior.
Kitzhaber immediately scheduled a Special Election for Jan. 31, 2012 and candidates quickly lined up. The primary will take place on Nov. 8 and here’s who we’re looking at so far—the Democrats are Brad Avakian, the state labor commissioner; State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici and State Rep. Brad Witt. On the Republican ticket Rob Cornilles, who ran against Wu in 2010, announced his candidacy Thursday. Rob Miller, president of Trailblazer Foods, is rumored to throw his hat in the ring.
What does all of this mean for people who live in the 1st District? What do they want from their next Representative? How will their District fare without representation until 2012? Do you live in the 1st? What do you hope for?
- Russ Dondero: Professor emeritus at Pacific University’s Department of Politics and Government