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Give Blumenauer another term

Portland's Earl Blumenauer has worked as an effective advocate for Oregon's 3rd Congressional District - even while laboring for the past decade as a member of the minority party in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Now that Democrats are within striking distance of controlling Congress, there is even more reason to re-elect Blumenauer for a sixth term.

His Republican opponent in the Nov. 7 election is Bruce Broussard, who cannot match Blumenauer's experience or ability to serve Oregon.

Since he was first elected to Congress in 1996, Blumenauer has gained a national reputation and influence by carving out urban transportation as an area of expertise.

Recently, he worked in bipartisan cooperation with Oregon U.S. Rep. Greg Walden on a House-approved bill to expand wilderness protections on Mount Hood - the first such expansion in 25 years.

Along the way, Blumenauer has demonstrated an appropriate balance between watching out for his constituents' interests and recognizing the needs of other states and nations. His sponsorship of the Water for the Poor Act of 2005 is an example. The measure had little to do with his home district, but nonetheless promotes Oregon values - helping children in need.

No one knows which party will control Congress come January. If the leadership does change, Blumenauer is poised to move into a position of greater federal influence, which will serve his district and Oregon well.

Voters should recognize the good job that Blumenauer has done and return him to Congress in the Nov. 7 election.