County commissioner will not immediately give up current seat

Clackamas County Commissioner Tootie Smith announced her candidacy to seek the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Canby) by making a commitment to the middle class, job creation and small businesses.

Across a district that represents most of Clackamas County, plus the Salem area and the Central Oregon Coast, people are still struggling and “desperately need” her voice in Congress, she argued.

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“I’m running for Congress because Kurt Schrader said on local television that the president misled him on the health care bill, a bill he voted for but did not read or understand,” she said. “I will work to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Prior to the election to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners in 2012, Smith was an Oregon state representative from 2001 to 2005. Since she is mid-term as a Clackamas County commissioner, she will not have to give up her current seat unless she beats Schrader in what would be a major upset.

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.

Still vying for the chance to challenge Schrader is former congressional staffer and Wilsonville resident Ben Pollock, 28, who announced his candidacy in October.

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