BEND, OR — The City Club of Central Oregon and the League of Women Voters of Deschutes County have launched a series of primary candidate forums with Democrats vying for Oregon’s fifth congressional district. After initially agreeing to participate in Tuesday’s event, the League of Women Voters said incumbent representative Kurt Schrader has withdrawn. Challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner appeared alone on the virtual forum, answering questions from moderator Aaron Switzer, of The Source Weekly.
Click HERE to watch the full virtual forum, but here are some highlights:
Response to the pandemic
McLeod-Skinner was asked about a variety of topics, including the “proper role” of Congress in preventing future pandemics. “The role of Congress is really to look at crises that we can avoid, things like the climate crisis that we’re fighting, and to change the trajectory that we’re on,” McLeod-Skinner said, “And then, c is also appropriately fund preparedness and recovery.”
Homelessness and Housing
We also asked the Democrat of Terrebonne how the federal government should address the housing crisis: “You know, the city of Bend is really doing some creative things around housing. Providing the resources to enable them to do this work is really of crucial importance. She added, “Congress holds the purse strings and the federal government has the opportunity to make these investments now so that people have access to housing. Housing – affordable housing is a huge issue throughout the district, throughout our state and really all over our country. .
And on Congress’s role in protecting voters from online misinformation, she said, “Creating restrictions and policing social media platforms is the responsibility that Congress can actually step up and be a bit more aggressive – hold hearings and also set laws and expectations for those who use the freeway. information from the Internet. I think Congress has an important role to play there.”
Oregon’s New 5th District
Until last year’s redistricting, central Oregon was part of the Second District, represented by Congressman Cliff Bentz (R). The new borders divide our region, with parts of Jefferson and Deschutes counties now in the Fifth District, currently represented by Congressman Kurt Schrader (D). The district also includes parts of Multnomah, Clackamas, Hood River, Marion, Benton, and Linn counties. McLeod Skinner was asked if the eight counties making up the new Fifth District had anything in common. She replied, “So the newly drawn district now stretching from the Sellwood Bridge to Sunriver, really is a short stop for that. But we have urban and rural areas, like our whole state. And, what’s so exciting about CD-5 is it’s really a microcosm of Oregon and a microcosm of our country So these partnerships, and bringing people together across this urban-rural divide, is something something that I find really exciting.
McLeod Skinner ran unsuccessfully against now-retired Congressman Greg Walden in the Second District in 2018 and for Oregon Secretary of State in 2020.
Republican CD-5 candidates debate Thursday.