Oregon voters should stay with U.S. House incumbents: Editorial endorsement
October 12, 2012 – By The Oregonian Editorial Board
Somewhere in the nation, we’re assured, there are hot campaigns for U.S. House seats and indeed for control of the House of Representatives. It’s hard to see that from this neighborhood, where all incumbent members of Congress seem on a clear path to re-election — and where they also all have a clear claim to return to their seats in what we hope will be a more productive congressional session.
1st District (Washington County, northwest Oregon)
Democratic Rep. Suzanne Bonamici has been in Congress only seven months, since winning a special election to succeed David Wu, but is demonstrating the commitment and skills that won her a strong reputation in the Oregon Legislature. Reflecting the concerns of the tech-heavy district, Bonamici has been pursuing issues of cybersecurity and visas for foreign workers with high-tech skills. She has joined with Republican Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler of Washington to introduce the Marine Debris Emergency Act, to deal with the wreckage of the Japanese earthquake washing up on Northwest shores. As in her time in the Legislature, Bonamici is also focused on supporting education and small business.
Her opponents are Republican Delinda Morgan, a heavy equipment operator and winery owner calling for a sharp reduction in the size and activities of the federal government; Bob Ekstrom, a businessman representing the Constitution Party urging a balanced budget; and Steve Reynolds, a student and veteran who has managed to combine the Green, Progressive and Libertarian party nominations, emphasizing the need to end U.S. military activities abroad. Northwest Oregon voters should stick with Bonamici. [...]
This article was published by The Oregonian, located in Multnomah County ( OR ), and written by The Oregonian Editorial Board.