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Over a decade ago, when Kurt Schrader first ran for office in the new 5th Congressional District, I voted for him. I even put up a lawn sign because he was well experienced for the job and presented himself as moderate and constructive. I voted for him twice more after that, but then became convinced that he was neither moderate, nor constructive. He is, in reality, an extreme outlier among the Democratic caucus: one of five to oppose Nancy Pelosi’s speakership, and one of only three to vote against the continuing budget resolution as part of the Build Back Better negotiations. Nor is he constructive.

Loren Northup, Lake Oswego

April 27, 2022

In recent years, Schrader has been reliable only as an obstructionist. He voted against COVID stimulus checks because he wanted more means testing. He held up Biden’s infrastructure package because he didn’t want to let Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices. On a conference call with Democratic leadership, he complained that the second impeachment of President Donald Trump would be “a lynching.”

April 27, 2022

“Our new “community of interest” stretched from Clackamas County to Sunriver and has the potential to lead to absentee governing from a Willamette Valley rep too indifferent to show up in Central Oregon. Kurt Schrader is this nightmare come to life.

Even with the advent of Zoom endorsements and debates, Schrader cannot be bothered with the primary. He went so far as to turn down time in front of the City Club of Central Oregon and the League of Women Voters, relying on mail bombardment as a brand-building technique. If Schrader is not interested in women voters in this day and age, we’re not sure where his priorities lie.

Thankfully voters have a thoughtful and passionate candidate who currently resides in Central Oregon and is passionate about representing the district—the whole district. One of the qualities that strikes anyone fortunate enough to spend time discussing the issues with McLeod-Skinner is her voluminous understanding of the concerns facing constituents. We were impressed with her willingness to stand up against the uneven pressure large pharmaceutical companies are exerting on the health care system, her personal involvement in environmental issues—particularly wildfire prevention and recovery, and support for rental assistance.

….. Jamie McLeod-Skinner deserves your vote.”

May 13, 2022

“In Oregon, Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader is facing an existential primary threat… insiders we talk to believe Schrader is in genuine danger of losing the primary.”

Wall Street Journal: Oregon Voters, Angry Over Crime and Inflation, Create Tough Race for Rep. Kurt Schrader

May 13, 2022

“Mr. Schrader must make it through a May 17 primary where he is being challenged from his left over not doing more to move the Democratic agenda through Congress… interviews with more than two dozen voters in the district also show an electorate eager for change.”

Cook Political Report: May Massacre? Primary Alarm Bells for Multiple House Incumbents

May 12, 2022

“According to multiple sources familiar with new polling data, Blue Dog Reps. Kurt Schrader (OR-05) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) are now trailing progressive opponents…In OR-05, local school board member and progressive activist Jamie McLeod Skinner has the late momentum against the seven-term Schrader.”

Roll Call: Multiple threats mean there’s no shortage of vulnerable House members

May 12, 2022

“With less than six months to go until Election Day, the 10 most vulnerable House members face different threats… Schrader’s biggest vulnerability stems from a challenge in the May 17 primary from fellow Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner, an attorney and emergency response coordinator.”

New York Times: In an Uphill Year, Democrats of All Stripes Worry About Electability

May 11, 2022

“Ms. McLeod-Skinner has amassed considerable support from local institutions… everal county Democratic Party organizations in Oregon, ordinarily expected to back the incumbent or remain neutral, endorsed Ms. McLeod-Skinner and urged the House Democratic campaign arm, which is supporting Mr. Schrader, to stay out of the primary.”

“The seven-term congressman has a serious primary challenger—possibly the most serious he’s ever had as an incumbent… despite Schrader’s money, name recognition, and national support.”

Now top liberal groups and figures including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), the Working Families Party and Indivisible are looking to oust the 13-year incumbent from Congress. They’ve lined up behind Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a school board member from central Oregon who’s challenging Schrader from the left, in what could become the next marquee Democratic House primary to watch.

In a big break with tradition, Democratic Party officials in four Oregon counties have endorsed the Democratic challenger to incumbent Democrat Kurt Schrader in the primary battle in Oregon’s newly redrawn 5th Congressional District.

At least two-thirds of party officials in each county voted to endorse Jamie McLeod-Skinner, who is challenging the seven-term incumbent from the left.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, which represents 24,000 grocery and other workers, was the first to endorse Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s campaign for Congress. Now Oregon Education Association (OEA), the 41,000-member teachers union, is also supporting her campaign, after a truly overwhelming 93% vote by delegates to the union’s political action committee.

On Sunday, we spoke with Jamie McLeod-Skinner, the challenger for the Democratic ticket to incumbent Kurt Schrader.

County Democrats mull new rules to endorse McLeod-Skinner in Congressional primary
Supporters described the move as a response to national Democrats putting a thumb on the scale for U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader

But the boundaries of Oregon’s 5th Congressional District shifted last year, and many Democratic voters will encounter Schrader’s name on a ballot for the first time in May.

“To us, he’s not an incumbent and the fact that we have the 800-pound gorilla from Washington coming in and weighing in in our primary spurred some of us to say, ‘You know what, we need Deschutes County Democrat voices heard, not just Washington, D.C., Democrat voices heard,’” Snyder said.

In a move that bucks party tradition, proposals are alive in at least two Oregon counties to back a candidate in the primary instead of staying neutral. Such an early endorsement, especially against a sitting Congressman, is a sign of growing frustrations with Washington politics and efforts to control local choices.

As a school psychologist, I see the impact of lead on child learning and brain health.

Oregon is not so different from Flint, Michigan. In 2019, over 50% of the schools in Marion County registered lead contamination levels above the EPA standard. In Portland, high levels of lead have alarmed the Oregon Health Authority, which has demanded that the city’s water bureau take action.

Rep. Kurt Schrader in 2016, was one of only three Democrats who voted for H.R. 5538, which would have delayed the EPA’s efforts to prevent lead poisoning.

I care about children and our community so I am glad to have a better choice Jamie McLeod-Skinner is a small business owner, engineer and attorney, who has focused her career on Oregon rebuilding communities after wildfires and protecting our natural resources. I want a representative who represents us.

Mary Luthy
Turner, Oregon

McLeod-Skinner is an attorney, emergency recovery specialist, and small business owner. She sits on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and is an elected member of the Jefferson County Education Service District Board. Last year, she led wildfire recovery in Talent, which lost one-third of its homes and businesses to a devastating wildfire, securing millions of dollars in aid and housing.

Candidate for redistricted Congressional District 5—our district as of November—Rep. K. Schrader declares he is a progressive and has been doing all he can to address the climate crises. This missive covers two points: what is meant by Mr. 47% and more importantly, who funds this unlikely progressive regarding the climate crises.

Redistricted CD5 includes most of Bend and amoebic-like extends northwesterly into southern Portland. That shape excludes voters who used to see Schrader on their ballots and includes voters who were previously in another district. Specifically, 53% of new CD5 voters do not see him as an incumbent. Only 47% will have had his representation in the past. He is not an incumbent to the majority. Thus, he is Mr. 47%.

Schrader serves on the U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee. Great seat to address the climate crises. ECC oversees many federal entities, notably; Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Conflict of interestingly, Schrader is totally in the pocket of polluting carbon corporations; Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil, BP Corp, Chevron Employees, Conoco/Phillips Spirit, American Petroleum Institute, Petroleum Marketers Associates of America, Marathon Petroleum Corp, Valero Energy Corp, Phillips 66, Duke Energy and Haliburton Co. Rep. Schrader was the 6th largest recipient 2019-2020, receiving $98,000 from these PACs.

We all know petroleum corporations donate expecting returns from their legislative campaign investments. FYI: Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a candidate for CD5, actually is a pragmatic progressive who has never accepted any corporate PAC donations.

Susan G.
Cobb, Oregon

Kurt Schrader has a dubious working relationship with his fellow Democrats on issues related to healthcare.

He has been a co-sponsor on reducing regulatory government involvement on issues related to our health eliminating safeguards already in place. When the issue is related to health perils such as lead poisoning or cancer-causing chemicals, Schrader sides with industry and not with the health and well-being of his constituents in Oregon’s District 5.

As a senior and cancer survivor I am angry that he did not support negotiating lower drug prices for Medicare.

We have an alternative in Jamie McLeod-Skinner who is one of us. As our representative she will make sure our voices are heard and not the ones from Corporate PACS, such as big pharma.

Jamie is a bridge-builder and she is a longtime advocate of healthcare for all.

Let’s elect someone who actually has our interests at heart.

Pamela Berg
Lake Oswego

Jamie McLeod-Skinner is a trusted public servant with a history of working for her constituents.

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader votes against protections for rivers, wildlife, and fish when these protections go counter to the interests of corporations, particularly those who fund his campaign.

In the last election cycle, he was the largest Democratic recipient from the forest-products industry and second largest overall in the House, taking in $76,750. He received even more, $98,000, from the oil and gas industry, including Koch Industries. Less than 2% of his funding came from donations under $200. That should tell you right there who Kurt Schrader listens to.

It is time for a change. Jamie McLeod-Skinner is a trusted public servant with a history of working for her constituents on city and statewide levels. As an engineer, small-business owner and environmental attorney, she has what it takes to advocate for Oregonians.

Jamie has never taken corporate Political Action Committee money. She will listen to you and me and ignore the corrupting influence of PACs.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner has the skills, experience and integrity to represent Oregon’s 5th congressional district. Vote for Jamie.

Jean Lofy
Oak Grove, Oregon

Jamie McLeod-Skinner has a record of working for Oregon families
Oregon City residents deserve better representation in our congressional district.

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader has lost touch with the average people of the district and is too connected to big-industry donors, voting against Biden’s climate agenda while our forests suffer from drought and fire. We can’t afford to have Kurt continue to take direction from big-oil and gas contributors, including Koch Industries, and vote with Republicans against our needs.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner has a record of working for Oregon families and she would be a great representative. She has experience as a small-business owner, engineer and attorney. Her record of public service in Oregon includes elections to a city council and an education service district board, as well as appointment to a statewide natural resources board. She led recovery efforts for a city that lost a third of its homes to wildfire and secured millions of dollars in aid and housing.

Representing the people is hard work. Let’s elect someone who understands the challenges and is committed to getting the job done for all of us. Let’s elect Jamie McLeod-Skinner to represent Oregon’s 5th Congressional District.

Marti Franc
Oregon City, Oregon

“To my fellow Oregonians in the new 5th Congressional District, I offer you my values and my hands-on experience,” she said, “in addressing the challenges of our time to lead us toward the promise of our future.”

Regarding Alex Hardison’s Nov. 28 letter “Schrader must serve Central Oregon,” a lot of us out here think Oregon would be far better off with Jamie McLeod-Skinner as U.S. representative than Kurt Schrader, who has become difficult to work with, likes to play power games to keep us guessing where he stands on issues, and uses his potential positions to press for political support before he commits.

Skinner is open and direct about her positions, especially on fighting climate change and steps we must take if we have any chance to save the planet. She doesn’t play games with us; she knows the issues and lets us know where she stands.

Jane Cease
Portland, Oregon

“Oregon’s working families are proud. We don’t expect the government to do everything, but we’d like a little help during the tough times,” McLeod-Skinner said. “That’s why investments in affordable housing and health care childcare, paid family leave and debt-free community college are important because that’s how we help empower families to rebuild their communities.”

McLeod-Skinner thanked Gamba and said she would work to increase aid for housing, health care and other issues that both said Schrader has undercut in opposing parts of President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan.

Like many others, I was interested to see where Deschutes County would land in the re-districting process. Now that that’s over, I am very excited that voters here will have the opportunity to choose a great candidate to represent us in new Congressional District 5.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner is well known to us; she won Deschutes County when she ran against Greg Walden in 2018. We know her to be the candidate who has never taken corporate PAC money, including fossil fuel and Big Pharma contributions. This means that the voices she listens to will be ours, not corporate donors.

In contrast, her opponent in the primary, Kurt Schrader, whose family made a fortune with Pfizer, has taken over $600,000 from Big Pharma. Is it any surprise that he voted against allowing Medicare to freely negotiate drug prices, which would dramatically lower how much we pay for drugs?

While Jamie was leading the wildfire disaster recovery effort in Talent, Oregon, securing housing and obtaining millions of dollars in aid, Schrader was voting against stimulus checks, voting against raising the minimum wage, and voting against extending housing assistance during the pandemic.

The choice is clear—Jamie will ably represent us while Schrader will stick up for the interests of his wealthy donors.

Let’s elect Jamie McLeod-Skinner to represent us in Congress in District 5!

Mary Chaffin
Bend, Oregon

“One of the things we’ve asked the legislature for is more money to create redundancy in the system, so we can provide that sense of security. Another thing we’ve asked for in Talent, is additional water storage so that even if something were to happen to the water lines in the future, we would still be able to protect our community,” said McLeod-Skinner.