By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Gov. Tina Kotek waded early and boldly into a highly contested Democratic primary race for 5th District Congress by endorsing state Rep. Janelle Bynum of Clackamas, according to Oregon Capital Chronicle. Previously Rep. Bynum and then-Speaker Kotek were at odds when Bynum challenged Kotek for House Speaker in 2021.
Other Democrats vying for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer, a Republican, are attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner, who narrowly lost the race to Chavez-DeRemer last year and is a favorite among progressives, and Metro Council President Lynn Peterson one of the most powerful and high-ranking elected officials in Oregon.
Chavez-DeRemer is the first Republican woman to represent Oregon in the U.S. House of Representatives. In a statement, Kotek described the importance of sending someone to Congress who represents voters’ values, which she said are under attack at the federal level, according to OregonLive.com. Kotek praised her work in the state House on abortion rights, affordable housing, and gun control.
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