By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Rarely does Oregon see an open competitive race for Congressional seats because there is rarely an open seat and the incumbents have been there for more than a decade. The newly created Oregon Congressional seat #6 has provided the opportunity for such an opening.
Running for the seat are two well known office holders State Representative Andrea Salinas (D-Lake Oswego) and Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith. Yet now a third major candidate, an Intel engineer, Matt West has entered and has raised a half million for his PAC.
Because Congress is held by such a slim margin and many of the other newly created seats are trending Republican (chart below) means this seat represents a best chance for a Democrat pick-up and will likely attract millions in spending.
Also in the race for Congressional seat #6, is Steven Cody Reynolds who is a former Progressive and Pacific Green Party candidate and Kathleen Harder who is a former Keizer School Board candidate.
On the Republican side you have State Representative Ron Noble and also Angela Plowhead, David Russ and former Congressional candidate Amy Ryan Courser.