- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A Medford city council member says he’ll challenge U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden in next year’s Democratic primary.

Kevin Stine’s decision was reported Monday in the Mail Tribune (https://bit.ly/1KItydE ).

The 29-year-old Stine faulted Wyden’s vote for an Asia-Pacific trade deal and his work with Republican Rep. Paul Ryan on a Medicare plan that would have allowed private insurers to compete with Medicaid.

Stine spent nine years in the U.S. Navy and is now studying political science at Southern Oregon University.

Wyden has consistently won re-election by large margins since he was first elected in the Senate in 1996. But he’s occasionally angered liberals in his own party for his willingness to vote with Republicans issues like trade and health care.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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