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Candidate Conversation: U.S. Congress 5th District

With one week left before election day, what’s catching your eye?

After an election season that has gone on seemingly forever, tomorrow marks the one week count-down to the end. Registered voters in Oregon have now received their ballots, and many — including a studious couple we saw on Friday evening, Voter’s Guide in hand, at our local bar — have already cast their votes. We’re close to the end ourselves, but not quite there. Tomorrow we’ll discuss the hotly contested 5th District Congressional race and take a tour of other campaigns and initiatives of note around the state. On Wednesday we’ll look specifically at Measures 63 and 64 and have a conversation with their author, Bill Sizemore.

But back to tomorrow… Democratic Congresswoman Darlene Hooley surprised many Oregonians in February when she announced that she wouldn’t seek reelection. Two spirited primaries left Democrat Kurt Schrader and Republican Mike Erickson vying for her vacated seat. Schrader joined us during the primary (along with the other Democratic candidates) and will be on our air again tomorrow. He’ll be by himself: Mike Erickson has not responded to our repeated requests to come on the show.

Do you live in the 5th District? What issues are of greatest concern to you there? Have you decided who to vote for? What would help you make up your mind?

Or do you live somewhere else in the state, where a different race has caught your eye? Are you in Eugene and paying attention to the mayoral race between Jim Torrey and Kitty Piercy? Are you watching the close race for Washington Governor and thinking back to 2004? Or are you deciding how to vote on bond measures — like the $374 million Portland Community College bond or the $125 million bond for Oregon Zoo improvements — based on the current economic situation? What’s grabbing your attention — and your vote — this November?

Note: You can listen to a six minute discussion (mp3) about our Candidate Conversation guest policy, including an explanation of our decision to go ahead with shows when only one candidate agrees to participate.

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