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Oregon City vet jumps into GOP 5th District race

Oregon City’s Nathan Page, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, on Feb. 13 became the third candidate to seek the Republican nomination in the state’s 5th Congressional District.

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“I’m running because I’m a member of the generation in which the ‘American Dream’ is becoming more like a myth than a reality,” Page said. “Congress continues to spend uncontrollably, enacts policies like Obamacare, impinges on our privacy and has left our government in a state of dysfunction. I may be younger than the typical career politician in Congress, but after serving two tours in Iraq as a Marine, I know what serving my country is all about.”

Clackamas County Commissioner Tootie Smith announced her candidacy to seek the Republican nomination last month, and Wilsonville resident Ben Pollock announced his candidacy in October.

Page graduated from Canby High School and from Columbia University in New York. He also studied economics at the University of Oregon. He works for the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce where he has been able to speak with people about issues facing a district that covers most of Clackamas County, plus the Salem area and the Central Oregon Coast.

“As jobs disappear and homes are foreclosed upon, our government is disregarding our constitutional rights and engaging in foreign policy that is harming America’s national security,” Page said. “It is time to realize that many of our elected leaders can never fathom what it means to go to war. ... I will never again allow struggling families and our nation’s veterans to be taken for granted or be forgotten.”

Oregon’s 5th Congressional District has received a “Safe Democrat” rating from the independent nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report analysis of voting patterns, demographic information and fundraising since 2010, but GOP candidates are circling around Democratic candidates this year in the hope that voters will turn on Obamacare.

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