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Walden fundraises way more than ever, but so does his Democratic challenger

Portland Business Journal, November 2, 2018:

Walden has also generally opposed Federal Trade Commission rules to force internet providers to maintain net neutrality for their consumers. An even greater share of his campaign contributions appear to come from telecommunications and media companies or organizations representing the industry, such as the National Association of Broadcasters, Qualcomm, Walt Disney Co., CenturyLink, Comcast and Facebook.

A lot of PACs have been generous to the Congressman, with 54 percent of his campaign contributions since the start of 2017 coming from donors in Washington D.C., and Virginia, while only 16 percent came from Oregon.


McLeod-Skinner challenges Rep. Walden 'because we can do better'

Hood River News, October 27, 2018:

“The fact is that we’ve lost the faith of young people in the political process, in the belief government can be a force for good in their lives, there is so much disgust with political divisiveness,” McLeod-Skinner said.


Anti-105 rally draws dozens in Hermiston

East Oregonian, October 27, 2018:

McLeod-Skinner told the crowd elections carry consequences, and Measure 105's consequences are bad for Oregon. "Measure 105 allows the focus not to be on someone's behavior," she said, "but on someone's skin color."


Walden challenger hits $1 million mark in campaign effort

Malheur Enterprise, October 25, 2018:

“The numbers that are starting to come out reflect what we’ve seen throughout this campaign,” McLeod-Skinner said in a statement. “People are frustrated by what the current representative has done to threaten their access to affordable health care."


Vote Jamie McLeod-Skinner For U.S. Rep., 2nd District

Source Weekly, October 24, 2018:

As a self-described "rural Democrat," McLeod-Skinner takes a balanced approach to issues including gun control, supporting waiting periods before gun sales, universal background checks, and regulating bump stocks, while at the same time being in favor of limiting military assault-style weapons. She's a strong advocate for more resources and advocacy for veterans. She supports a reversal of tariffs that threaten the ability of farmers and ranchers to run a thriving business. She's also in favor of expanding community colleges and offering tuition breaks to graduates who work in public service. We believe her thoughtful, moderate, accessible approach to some of the most pressing issues facing the district make her a strong contender against the entrenched politician that Walden has become. Constituents in this vast district deserve an advocate who is in touch with their needs. Vote Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congressional District 2.


Walden Declines Future Debates With Challenger McLeod-Skinner

OPB, October 6, 2018:

“What I am hearing as I travel around the state is you are not showing up, you are not listening,” McLeod-Skinner said. Friday’s debate was their only scheduled debate ahead of the November election.


Walden, McLeod-Skinner debate issues facing Congress

The Bulletin, October 5, 2018:

McLeod-Skinner said her top priorities if elected are to improve access to affordable health care, end tariffs that hurt agricultural producers, build infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, that would also create high-paying jobs and create a program for which students could trade a pledge to work in public service in place of tuition at colleges and trade schools.

“Government has to know when to get involved and when to get out of the way,” she said.


McLeod-Skinner brings message to Grant County

Blue Mountain Eagle, October 2, 2018:

Three core issues cut straight across all Eastern Oregon counties, she said — access to health care, improved educational opportunities and “putting food on the table.” Solving these issues starts with good ideas and building consensus, she said.


Independent Party backs Democrat over its nominee in congressional race

The Bulletin, September 13, 2018:

The Independent Party of Oregon on Thursday endorsed Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Deschutes County, over the winner of the party’s May primary, Mark Roberts.


Democrat logs 35K miles in long-shot bid in Trump territory

The Washington Post, September 5, 2018:

Buoyed by electoral wins by a couple of Democrats elsewhere in Trump territory, candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner is undaunted, traveling a district that’s as big as North Dakota in her Jeep and tiny trailer that she sometimes sleeps in.

McLeod-Skinner is enduring all this because she doesn’t think the incumbent is focused on the district’s issues. She’s driven 35,000 miles (56,300 kilometers) in 14 months of campaigning.


McLeod-Skinner holds debate despite Walden's absence

News 10, August 31, 2018:

However, when asked about the debate last week, the Congressman said he'd be checking with his staff on scheduling.

He did not attend the debate at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center in Medford.

Instead McLeod-Skinner debated against a member of the community who stood in for Walden and recited his policies on issues like immigration, healthcare and the tariff war.


Local elections roundup: Ward 5 only contested seat in Klamath falls

Herald and News, August 30, 2018:

Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District could also see a shakeup in November: Jamie McLeod Skinner, a candidate described as a “rural Democrat,” and Oregon Independent Party candidate Mark Roberts are each set to take on longtime incumbent and Republican Greg Walden.


McLeod-Skinner, Walden Disagree On Debates

KBND, August 28, 2018:

McLeod Skinner looks forward to the prospect, "Voters have the right and deserve to hear what their candidates think. If you're running for office, you need to show up, you need to earn people's votes." She adds, "We're hearing more and more people getting frustrated with his lack of availability. I think it's been over 500 days since he's held an actual open Town Hall. No one seems to be able to get ahold of Greg Walden these days."


Democratic candidate McLeod-Skinner trying to organize a debate

NBC, August 27, 2018:

The Democratic candidate for Oregon’s 2nd district is trying to challenge Republican incumbent, Greg Walden, to a debate this Friday.

Late last week, Jamie Mcleod-Skinner’s campaign told us they were trying to organize the debate in Medford for this Friday the 31st and acknowledged the tight time frame.


McLeod-Skinner includes Hermiston on campaign trail stop

Hermiston Herald, August 14, 2018:

She said she believes in “people over party” — a philosophy that she argues Walden has moved farther away from the longer he stays in Washington, D.C. She said it won’t matter to her which side of the aisle good ideas come from, as long as she can help the government implement common-sense solutions or “know when to get out of the way.”


Walden Should Follow Through On Debating McLeod-Skinner

Source Weekly, August 8, 2018:

If you want to get an answer from Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR2), apparently you have to find him in a parade.

That's exactly what Jamie McLeod-Skinner, the Democratic candidate for Oregon's 2nd Congressional District, did last week in Joseph, Ore. McLeod-Skinner has been attempting to get incumbent Walden to agree to a series of three debates ahead of the November election. Since she has yet to lock down any dates with Walden, she did what a plucky, determined candidate should do: she walked up to him while he was cruising in a vintage car in the Chief Joseph Day Parade and put him on the spot, asking him to set up those three debates. Walden responded by saying he looked forward to it—but according to McLeod-Skinner's campaign, no dates have yet been set. Walden's campaign did not respond to our inquiry about debate dates by press time.


McLeod-Skinner Challenges Walden To Debates

KBND, August 3, 2018:

Jamie McLeod-Skinner made the request in person, during a recent parade in the small town of Joseph. She approached Walden's car as he rode along the parade route (pictured above), and said, "I’d like to challenge you to at least three debates within the district; I’d be happy to debate you in every single county, if you’d like." He responded with, "I look forward to a schedule." McLeod-Skinner continued, "I’d like do southern Oregon, Central Oregon, eastern Oregon, as well, so everyone can hear us debate. Would you be willing to debate me?" Walden replied with, "I look forward to debating you."


McLeod-Skinner takes on Walden for Congress this fall

Herald and News, August 5, 2018:

In a wide-ranging interview last week at the Herald and News, McLeod-Skinner, 51, of Redmond and Ashland, presented herself as a moderate Democrat who identifies with rural health and economic issues and encourages local, common-sense solutions to pressing problems.


McLeod-Skinner Challenges Walden To Debates

KBND, August 3, 2018:

Jamie McLeod-Skinner made the request in person, during a recent parade in the small town of Joseph. She approached Walden's car as he rode along the parade route (pictured above), and said, "I’d like to challenge you to at least three debates within the district; I’d be happy to debate you in every single county, if you’d like." He responded with, "I look forward to a schedule." McLeod-Skinner continued, "I’d like do southern Oregon, Central Oregon, eastern Oregon, as well, so everyone can hear us debate. Would you be willing to debate me?" Walden replied with, "I look forward to debating you."


McLeod-Skinner challenges Walden to three debates

KTVZ, August 2, 2018:

BEND, Ore. - Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Democratic candidate for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, issued a personal invitation to a round of debates with Rep. Greg Walden while attending the Chief Joseph Days Parade in Joseph.


McLeod-Skinner, Walden will debate

Wallowa County Chieftain, August 1, 2018:

“A lot of folks have been asking whether we’re going to debate,” she said. “I think any candidate owes voters an opportunity to hear their ideas side-by-side with the opposition.”

She added that several organizations have contacted both candidates in order to arrange a debate.


McLeod-Skinner challenges Walden to Eastern Oregon debate

East Oregonian, July 30, 2018:

As documented on a video posted to McLeod-Skinner’s campaign Facebook page, the Terrebonne Democrat strode up to the cream-colored convertible Walden was riding in during the Chief Joseph Days Parade in Joseph Saturday and shook his hand.


District 2 candidate McLeod-Skinner comes to Hood River

Hood River News, July 28, 2018:

“I always like the opportunity to have folks … in a public space and people can ask whatever and get a little bit of background on the race, on me, and that kind of thing,” McLeod-Skinner said. “And then also I get to hear about people’s concerns, issues that people are identifying and things that people worry about in different areas.”


Five on 5 – Jamie McLeod-Skinner – (D) – Congressional Candidate – District 2

NBC5, July 17, 2018:

On tonight’s Five on 5, we are joined by Jamie McLeod-Skinner; democratic candidate for Oregon second congressional district discussing her campaign, her history in the area, her experience in politics, and why she wants to run Congress.

Congressional candidate says immigration reform could help ag community

The Argus Observer, July 4, 2018:

One issue which may hurt agriculture is the current conflict over tariffs, she said, which could cause American producers to lose markets or market share to other countries on products such as wheat.


Walden challenger looks for common ground

East Oregonian, July 2, 2018:

“He led the attack on health care. Our district, I think it would have been the hardest hit in the entire country and he still had the hubris to do that. I was at a town hall in Medford last spring. He came in and was asked specifically about pre-existing conditions. He said, ‘Absolutely I will protect pre-existing conditions.’ The next week, he went back and helped author the bill that cut out pre-existing conditions.”


Democratic Challenger Says Walden Is Playing Politics With Hammonds Pardon Request

OPB, June 30, 2018:

McLeod-Skinner said in an interview with OPB that instead of seeking “favoritism” for ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, he should have long ago worked to change the 1996 law they violated that called for a minimum of a five-year prison term.

“If he doesn’t like the law, change the law,” McLeod-Skinner said. “That’s your job as a lawmaker … If this was such a monumental injustice, he should have done this a year and a half ago.”


McLeod tours TD cherry farm

The Dalles Chronicle, June 28, 2018:

Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner learns about cherry production from Bob Bailey, owner of the largest farm in Wasco County.


McLeod-Skinner emerges among Democrats to challenge Walden

The Bulletin, May 15, 2018:

Calling herself a “rural Democrat,” McLeod-Skinner was one of the most active of the seven Democrats in the race, criss-crossing the state with her 2-year-old Doberman, Moshi, riding along in her blue Jeep Wrangler with a mini-trailer hitched to the back.

“The first job is to show up,” McLeod-Skinner said. “Show up and listening and working with folks. Private and public sector, nonprofits and the tribes. That’s the key to good governance. I think that is a weak point for Greg Walden.”


McLeod-Skinner hopes people contributions will outshine corporate dollars

News 10, May 9, 2018:

McLeod-Skinner has vowed to not accept money from corporate political action committees and believes allegiance to the community will go a long way.

"When it comes down to people versus money, folks in our district know where they stand and it's about having an independent minded representative a rural democrat who understands both rural and urban issues," said McLeod-Skinner


Our view: A reminder to vote, and of our recommendations

East Oregonian, May 7, 2018:

She has worked hard to traverse the district, and distinguished herself both in debates and in personal discussions with voters. She has also avoided the pitfalls that can sink a Democratic candidate in a largely rural area.


Endorsements For State HD 53, U.S. HD 2

Source Weekly, May 2, 2018:

When considering the vast responsibility and polish necessary to best Walden in November, we believe McLeod-Skinner is the candidate to support. McLeod-Skinner holds degrees in regional planning and civil engineering, as well as a law degree, with experience in water planning and environmental issues. She's also served two terms as a city councilwoman—experience that can't be understated when seeking to unseat a longtime Congressman.


Walden leads in fundraising; McLeod-Skinner is second

Mail Tribune, May 1, 2018:

Former Phoenix City Manager Jamie McLeod-Skinner has raised the most among the Democrats at $125,371, followed by Jennifer Neahring at $97,774 and Jim Crary at $62,091.


Our view: Moderate candidates offer best challenge to incumbents

East Oregonian, April 23, 2018:

But we think Democratic voters should stand behind Jamie McLeod-Skinner, who has the best chance to give Walden the toughest race.

She has worked hard to traverse the district, and distinguished herself both in debates and in personal discussions with voters. She has also avoided the pitfalls that can sink a Democratic candidate in a largely rural area.


BRIEFLY: District 2 candidate visits La Grande

The Observer, April 20, 2018:

The public is invited to meet Jamie McLeod-Skinner, candidate for Congressional District 2, for a meet and greet from noon to 1 p.m. April 24 at Joe Beans, 1009 Adams Ave., La Grande. All are encouraged to come with questions and get to know McLeod-Skinner’s positions on matters of concern for rural Oregon.


Capitol roundup: Home stretch for primary election

The Bullentin, April 16, 2018:

Bend city councilors Nathan Boddie and Barb Campbell are among 18 current and former elected officials and community leaders endorsing Jamie McLeod-Skinner, of Terrebonne.


Engineer vies for Walden’s federal post

The Dalles Chronicle, April 9, 2018:

Jamie McLeod-Skinner believes “government needs to know when to help and when to get out of the way,” something she says U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has failed to do, which is why she is seeking to replace him in Congress.

“I’ve always seen serving in a public office as serving the public trust,” she said.


F for standardized testing

The Bulletin, March 21, 2018:

Unions are one of many voices elected officials hear when deciding how to allocate limited public resources. Without their union, the interests of public-sector employees would likely be overlooked.


Local group welcomes McLeod-Skinner

East Oregonian, March 20, 2018:

HERMISTON — A meet-and-greet is planned with Jamie McLeod-Skinner, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for a chance to unseat Rep. Greg Walden in Oregon's 2nd Congressional District. Graduating from high school in southern Oregon, McLeod-Skinner calls herself a “rural Democrat.


McLeod-Skinner: Farm bill an opportunity to invest in community

East Oregonian, March 16, 2018:

Some farm bills have focused benefits on huge, corporate-owned farms, leaving smaller farms struggling to compete in an unfair market. To survive, smaller farms were forced to grow commodity crops for overseas markets. The 2018 farm bill should correct that imbalance. It should incentivize family farms to grow real food. It should make it possible for carrots and broccoli to cost less than a box of mac and cheese. It should be good for our family farmers and good for our health.


Democrat McLeod-Skinner on the road to oust Walden

East Oregonian, March 9, 2018:

Jamie McLeod-Skinner hauls her dog and a teardrop trailer across Eastern Oregon in her bid win the Democratic Party nomination for the 2nd District Congressional District and the right to face Greg Walden in November.

“The thing that cuts across the board is we all care about out families,” she said. “We care about our communities.”


Congressional candidate zeroes in on rural areas

The Argus Observer, March 6, 2018:

A graduate of Ashland High School, McLeod-Skinner, who now lives at Terrebonne out of Redmond, has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in regional planning. She also eventually earned a law degree from the University of Oregon, clerking for the Army Corps of Engineers and the judge handling the Klamath water adjudication.


Is It The "Year Of The Woman" Again?

Source Weekly, February 21, 2018:

"This administration has consistently demonstrated a lack of respect for women," said Jamie McLeod-Skinner, who's running in the Democratic primary in hopes of unseating Rep. Greg Walden. "Rather than accept this, women are stepping up to demonstrate a new model of leadership. Our country has a long tradition of strong women. It's time for our leadership to reflect that strength."


McLeod-Skinner: rural community concerns are non-partisan

KTVL, February 12, 2018:

"Democrats have traditionally focused on urban areas and the Republicans in Washington have been focused on wealthy corporations and there has not been a focus on our rural communities. So I'm showing up throughout our district and even beyond our district to help try to focus on and inspire folks in rural communities to step up," said McLeod-Skinner.


Town Hall with Oregon Congressional District 2 Candidate, Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Cascade Business News, February 1, 2018:

When McLeod-Skinner was young, her mother gave her one piece of advice that has guided her life ever since: “Always leave a place better than you found it.” Since graduating from Ashland High School, McLeod-Skinner has followed this maxim across the globe and all over the American West, serving as a civil engineer in Bosnia, a regional director of the International Rescue Committee, and for eight years as a city councilwoman in California, where she championed affordable housing, ethical government, and fiscal responsibility.


Oregon makes progress on Opioid epidemic, but needs Federal support

The Herald News, January 28, 2018: "Some of the reasons that people turn to drugs include mental illness, trauma, and the pain of not being able to provide for our families. By providing a robust health care system that treats the mind as well as the body, we can address these problems before they unravel people’s lives," McLeod-Skinner said.


Walden’s challengers draw standing-room-only crowd

The Bulletin, January 27, 2018:

McLeod-Skinner, a former city manager of Phoenix, Oregon, and former Santa Clara, California, City Council member who lives in Terrebonne, spoke about her time in office and how she built an ethical and fiscally responsible reputation.


Six District 2 candidates have varying missions, but agree on one thing

KTVL, January 24, 2018:

"Being able to stand up to the tough interest, being able to practice ethics and practice that in governance, that's what people are looking for these days," said McLeod-Skinner.


Report: The Second Women’s March, Medford

The Ashland Chronicle, January 21, 2018:

“We are no longer making ourselves look small so as not to intimidate,” McLeod-Skinner said. Citing Dolly Parton’s saying, “If you don’t like the road you’re on, make a new road,” McLeod-Skinner said, “We are paving a new road. Women make up less than 20% of Congress. It is time for that to change.” Ticking off a list of the atrocities Congressional Republicans have visited on the country in the last year, Skinner said, “Walden is part of the problem and it’s time to replace him. I will work to build healthy, sustainable communities. I stand on the shoulders of strong women. Our district has a tradition of strong women. We must hope, believe, and do.”


Change Needed in District 2

Daily Tidings, December 11, 2017:

Jamie is visiting the 20 counties that make up our congressional district listening to people and having thoughtful conversations. If you get a chance to meet Jamie and hear her ideas about how to address the needs of our district, I think you will be impressed. I know I was. -Regina Ayars, Ashland


District 2 congressional candidate hopes to re-prioritize Washington

KTVL, November 30, 2017:

"There's been a failure of leadership on healthcare. There's been a failure of leadership on supporting community solutions like the Klamath Basin Restoration agreement in Klamath County. There's been many other areas where [Greg Walden has] fallen short,” said McLeod-Skinner.


Democrat forum in Bend talks of challenging Walden

The Bulletin, November 14, 2017:

“On this issue, those of us who have gray hair should be apologizing to the children for what we’re handing over to them,” McLeod-Skinner said. “It’s shameful.” The government needs to stop subsidizing fossil fuel industries and start investing more in research that will develop clean energy, she said.


Host of Dems vye for Rep. Walden's seat

KBND, November 14, 2017:

Jamie McLeod-Skinner said, "It's about holding Greg Walden accountable for what he hasn't done. He's going to lose on the healthcare issue because individuals across the district, including Republicans who have never voted for a Democrat, have told me to my face that they will not vote for him again."


House Resolution 2936 sells out Oregon

Blue Mountain Eagle, November 7, 2017:

House Resolution 2936 would gut protections already in place and promote clearcutting forests that we have set aside for our future generations. It is important to both create sustainable new growth for the timber industry and to protect forests that provide habitat for wildlife and threatened species.


Democrats line up to oppose Walden

Herald News, October 17, 2017:

A former law clerk for Judge Cameron Wogan, McLeod-Skinner has extensive experience in water law. She advocates for a water agreement for the Basin similar to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement that failed to pass Congress. She favors internet neutrality, sustainable forest management and promotes renewable energy. “We need to focus on solving local issues with local people,” she said.


Herald News, September 17, 2017:

Expressing the view that there is too much divisiveness in partisan politics, McLeod-Skinner said, “I’m a big fan of people over party. A lot of the values that I associate with Democrats is taking care of your family, putting food on the table, having a stable job and health care. But those are what a lot of my Republican friends espouse, too.”


Rogue Valley Messenger, September 14, 2017:

"We are united by Oregon Values—a commitment to family, a care for community, and an independent nature. Ultimately, everyone wants clean water, clean air, and the ability to provide for their families. The common themes I’m hearing across the district are: good paying jobs, universal access to affordable health care, and sustainable use of our natural resources." - McLeod-Skinner


Hood River News, July 22, 2017:

She is an eastern Oregonian who has been a planner for the water district. She also co-founded a public-private partnership to reduce greenhouse gases while streamlining government red tape for housing development. Her experience as an attorney and an engineer and her love of Oregon make her an excellent candidate. - Susan Lannak, Hood River


The Central Voice, July 10, 2017:

“While the incumbent is undermining our access to healthcare and failing to support local solutions, the race isn’t about him. It’s about honoring the sacrifices Oregonians make for their families and our country, she says.”


Mail Tribune, July 2nd, 2017:

Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a former Santa Clara, California, city councilor whose work ranged from refugee relief to planning for metropolitan governments, will seek the Democratic Party nomination for the 2nd District congressional seat held by Greg Walden, R-Hood River.


Mail Tribune, December 21, 2016:

Building healthy, safe communities has been a primary focus for new Phoenix City Manager Jamie McLeod since her childhood spent in Africa. “It very profoundly shaped my senses of ethical government, of governments that care for people.”

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