Eight Candidates Are Running in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District Democratic Primary – Ballotpedia News
Eight candidates are running in the Democratic Party primary for Oregon’s 4th congressional district on May 17, 2022. Incumbent Peter DeFazio (D), who has represented the district since 1987, announced he will not run again in 2022 on December 1. 2021.
Doyle Canning, Val Hoyle, Andrew Kalloch and John Selker lead the fundraising and media attention. Sami Al-Abdrabbuh, Steve Laible, Jake Matthews and G. Tommy Smith are also running for the Democratic primary.
Canning ran in the district’s 2020 Democratic primary and lost to DeFazio, 15% to 84%. Canning has worked as a community organizer and lawyer and served as vice chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon Environmental Caucus. “Oregon voters are thirsty for a climate champion for Congress in 2022. I have been in this fight for 20 years, working on some of the most important climate battles of our time, including the successful defeat of the draft Jordan Cove in 2021,” Canning said.
Hoyle was elected Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries on May 15, 2018, and was a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 14 from 2009 to 2017. Hoyle ran for Secretary of State in 2016 and lost in the Democratic primary. to Brad Avakian 34%-39%. Hoyle highlighted her experience in office, with her campaign manager saying, “Val is the only candidate in this race with a record of passing climate legislation. In the Oregon Legislature, she supported the bill to eliminate coal power in Oregon and led the fight to pass Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program.
Kalloch has worked as an attorney for the ACLU of New York, policy advisor for the NYC Comptroller, and in global public policy for Airbnb. He has been affiliated with the City Clubs of Eugene and Portland, the Technology Association of Oregon, the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing, and the PDX chapter of Braver Angels. “From my time as a civil rights lawyer at the ACLU to my experience as a high-level political adviser in city government and my work in global public policy with Airbnb, I have used every institutions of power to get results for American families,” Kalloch said. .
Selker’s professional experience includes working as a college professor at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Selker also served as co-director of the University’s Center for Transformative Environmental Monitoring Programs and the Trans-African Hydrometeorological Observatory. “We must provide a society where people can thrive and pass on an environment where future generations can be as inspired and supported as we are by the splendor of nature,” Selker said.
The Cook Political Report called the general election likely Democratic. In the 2020 general election, DeFazio defeated Alek Skarlatos (R) with 52% of the vote to Skarlatos’ 46%.