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5th Congressional District Bios

5th U.S. Congressional District

Name:

Mike Erickson.

Age:

45.

Hometown:

Lake Oswego.

Party affiliation:

Republican.

Position sought:

U.S. House of Representatives, 5th Congressional District.

District boundaries:

All of Polk, Marion, Lincoln and Tillamook counties, as well as portions of Benton, Clackamas and Multnomah counties.

Employment:

Founder, chief executive officer and owner of AFMS LCC in Tigard.

Education:

Bachelor's degree, Portland State University (business).

Prior government experience:

Student body president, Portland State University.

Web site:

www.ericksonforcongress.org

Campaign phone:

503-367-5505.

Note:

Erickson did not respond to a request for information from the Itemizer-Observer.

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Name:

Kurt Schrader.

Age:

57.

Hometown:

Canby.

Party affiliation:

Democrat.

Position sought:

U.S. House of Representatives, 5th Congressional District.

District boundaries:

All of Polk, Marion, Lincoln and Tillamook counties, as well as portions of Benton, Clackamas and Multnomah counties.

Employment:

Veterinarian, Clackamas County Veterinary Clinic; State Senator.

Education:

Bachelor's degree, Cornell University (government); bachelor's degree, University of Illinois; Doctoral degree, University of Illinois (veterinary medicine).

Prior government service:

State Senator (2003-2007), State Representative (1997-2003), Canby Planning Commission (1981-1996).

Web site:

www.kurtschrader.com

Campaign phone:

503-723-6174.

Why are you running for office?

"In 2009 and beyond, it's critical that Oregon's 5th District continue to be represented by a strong Democrat who knows how to deliver ... (I) will stand and fight for our shared values and for Oregon's working families."

Key issue

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: "Deliver health care that covers all Americans; Bring our troops home from Iraq with honor and redirect that money into education, health care and our crumbling infrastructure; Make immediate educational investments in special education and Pell grants to make college more affordable for families; Work to close the Medicare prescription 'doughnut hole' that puts medicine out of reach for many seniors and fully fund the federal health insurance plan for children; Continue Congresswoman Hooley's legacy in methamphetamine, identity theft and veteran's legislation to protect the citizens of Oregon."

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Name:

Sean Bates.

Age:

26.

Hometown:

Salem.

Party affiliation:

Independent.

Position sought:

U.S. House of Representatives, 5th Congressional District.

District boundaries:

All of Polk, Marion, Lincoln and Tillamook counties, as well as portions of Benton, Clackamas and Multnomah counties.

Employment:

Game technician, Pietro's Pizza.

Education:

McNary High School.

Prior government service:

None.

Web site:

http://home.comcast.net/~seanforcongress/

Campaign phone:

503-428-4705.

Note:

Bates did not respond to a request for information from the Itemizer-Observer.

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Name:

Steve Milligan.

Age:

55.

Hometown:

Monmouth.

Party affiliation:

Libertarian.

Position sought:

U.S. House of Representatives, 5th Congressional District.

District boundaries:

All of Polk, Marion, Lincoln and Tillamook counties, as well as portions of Benton, Clackamas and Multnomah counties.

Employment:

Operations manager, Alternative Health & Herbs Remedies.

Education:

Ford Family Foundation, Effective Organizations; University of Oregon Extension Courses; Edison Technical College; Southwestern (Chula Vista, Calif.) Community College; Tarrant County (Fort Worth, Texas) Junior College; East Texas State University.

Prior government service:

Monmouth City Council (2003-present); MINET Board of Directors (2004-07); Western-Independence-Monmouth Public/Education/Government Cable Access Channel Board of Directors, 2003-07 (chairman, 2005-07).

Web site:

www.milligan4congress.com

Campaign phone:

503-269-1373.

Why are you running for office?

"We have had our representatives take their party with them. My commitment is to make sure that it is your voice, through me, not mine for you, that gets heard."

Key issue

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: "First, the biggest issue for our district is the funding of the O & C timber program. Congress (recently) voted to again extend the funding for four additional years, however the language stipulates that this is the end of the funding. I will work to return these lands and their management to Oregon. Our district and other Oregon districts need this for our economic success. Second, we need to end the ward in Iraq and Afghanistan to stop the money being spent there. We need to redirect the money to education, infrastructure and health care."

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Name:

Doug Patterson.

Age:

55.

Hometown:

Oregon City.

Party affiliation:

Constitution.

Position sought:

U.S. House of Representatives, 5th Congressional District.

District boundaries:

All of Polk, Marion, Lincoln and Tillamook counties, as well as portions of Benton, Clackamas and Multnomah counties.

Employment:

Sales representative; campaigning full time.

Education:

Bachelor's degree, Columbia Christian College (Biblical studies).

Prior government service:

None.

Web site:

www.dougpattersonforcongress.com

Campaign phone:

503-723-0212.

Why are you running for office?

"To give voters a clear choice in this election. Years of compromise and collusion in Washington, D.C., have made the differences between the two dominant corporate political parties nearly indistinguishable."

Key issue

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: "First, the loss of our Bill of Rights. I will work to repeal the USA Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the John Warner Defense Act, and to restore Habeas Corpus and Posse Comitatus. Second, border security. Our immigration laws must be respected and enforced. When they are, self-deportation will result. Third, so-called "free trade" agreements. I will work to abolish all trade agreements, NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT, etc., that favor foreign nations and hurt American workers."

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Name:

Alex Polikoff.

Age:

50.

Hometown:

Corvallis.

Party affiliation:

Pacific Green.

Position sought:

U.S. House of Representatives, 5th Congressional District.

District boundaries:

All of Polk, Marion, Lincoln and Tillamook counties, as well as portions of Benton, Clackamas and Multnomah counties.

Employment:

Electrical engineer.

Education:

Bachelor's degree, University of California-Berkeley (electrical engineering).

Prior government service:

Boulder County Energy Advisory Committee.

Web site:

www.votepolikoff.org

Campaign phone:

541-745-3923.

Why are you running for office?

"To represent Oregonians instead of corporations in Washington as all our current politicians seem to be doing, and get us out of Iraq."

Key issue

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: "The two biggest issues are the economy and the war. We need to end corporate welfare by bringing back strict regulation, close corporate tax loopholes, and implement trade policies that keep our jobs here in America instead of shipping them overseas. We need to balance our budget by making the richest 5 percent of Americans pay their fare share and by bringing all of our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan right now. We also need to shift spending from the Pentagon to building our infrastructure here at home, as well as providing universal single-payer health coverage for all."

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