- Associated Press - Monday, January 13, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Clackamas County Commissioner Tootie Smith says she will run for the Republican nomination to oppose Democrat Kurt Schrader in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1j49HIF) that Smith becomes the most prominent GOP candidate in a district more closely divided than others in Oregon. Democrats have a narrow lead in voter registration.

The district stretches from Clackamas County through the middle of the Willamette Valley to Tillamook and Lincoln counties on the coast.

Smith is a former legislator. She announced her candidacy on Lars Larson’s radio show. In the U.S. House, she says, she would work to give control of federal forests to state and local governments and to repeal the new federal health care law.

Former congressional and campaign staffer Ben Pollock is also in the GOP race.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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