Bruun, a Republican, emphasizes his experience in the Oregon Legislature, while Democrat Schrader has played up his accomplishments as a freshman Congressman. The race has gotten some national attention as a close race that could tip the scales in the House. While the election is likely to break down along party lines, both candidates have some level of bipartisan appeal.
Schrader may have garnered some positive attention from right-leaning voters this month with an endorsement from the National Rifle Association. (The NRA gave both candidates an “A” grade for their stances on gun rights.) Bruun will be listed on the ballot as both a Republican nominee and a candidate for the Independent Party of Oregon, which could give him broader appeal.
Do you live in the 5th district? What’s the most important issue for you right now? Do you know how you’re planning to vote? What questions would you like to ask these candidates?