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Primary Conversations: 5th Congressional District (D)

What would you like to ask the Democratic candidates for the 5th Congressional District?

Posted by Sarah Jane Rothenfluch

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In February, Darlene Hooley, the U.S. Congresswoman representing Oregon’s 5th District, surprised Oregonians by announcing her retirement after six terms — with less than a month left for people to register to run. Since then the District has been buzzing with excitement as Republicans and Democrats vie for the hotly contested seat. Tomorrow we’ll be joined by three Democratic candidates.

Andy Foster is a small business owner in Corvallis and a graduate student and researcher at Oregon State University. This is his first time seeking public office, though he has volunteered for the Benton County Democratic Party and the British Labour Party in the past.

Steve Marks lives in Marion County. He’s best known for his work as chief of staff and senior policy adviser for Governor John Kitzhaber. He continues to work with Kitzhaber as an advocate for his health care reform organization, the Archimedes Movement. He also represents economic and agricultural interests in Oregon.

Kurt Schrader has been in the Oregon State Senate since 2003, and in the Oregon House of Representatives for six years before that. He is also a small businessman and veterinarian, currently running clinics in West Linn and Oregon City. Previously he raised organic produce on Canby’s Three Rivers Farms.

What would you like to ask these candidates? How they want to reform health care? What they think the U.S. should do about the war in Iraq? Or, more broadly, why they think they’re best suited to represent the District in Congress?


Andy Foster: a small business owner and graduate student/research assistant at Oregon State University

Steve Marks: past chief of staff for Governor Kitzhaber and an advocate for the Archimedes Movement

Kurt Schrader: an Oregon State Senator and a veterinarian in West Linn and Oregon City

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