Pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby is vying for the chance to face off against incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in November. Wehby, 51, is originally from Nashville and has never held public office. She did take on leadership positions, such as medical student body president, while she was in school. She came to Portland in 1998 to take on the job of director of pediatric neurosurgery at Randall Children’s Hospital. She later became president of the Oregon Medical Association.
Wehby has raised significantly more money than her most prominent opponent, Jason Conger, and she’s garnered attention from the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Wehby has moderate views on issues such as abortion rights and same-sex marriage, and while she says repealing the Affordable Care Act isn’t politically viable, she is opposed to it. In one of her ads she says she knows “firsthand how devastating Obamacare is for Oregon families and patients.”
Are you voting in the Republican primary? What questions do you have for Monica Wehby?
Wehby’s opponent, Jason Conger was on Think Out Loud April 29.
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017