Skarlatos announces second run for Congress

The move sets up a possible rematch between the Roseburg resident and incumbent Congressman Peter DeFazio.

Posted: May 4, 2021 1:46 PM
Updated: May 4, 2021 3:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Alek Skarlatos, the National Guard hero turned movie actor turned would be Republican politician, announced on Tuesday that he would make a second run for Congress.

"I'm running for Congress because it's time we have someone who will stand with southern Oregon," Skarlatos said in an online statement. "It's time we have a Congressman who serves you, not the extremists in DC."

The move could set up a possible rematch with longtime incumbent Peter DeFazio, a Democrat, who defeated Skarlatos in November, 52 percent to 46 percent. However, the redistricting process which is underway in Oregon could throw a wrench in the match up, potentially redrawing the map in such a way that Eugene and Roseburg land in separate districts.

Also, both candidates would have to win their primary elections if other candidates stepped forward.

Still, DeFazio's campaign wasted no time blasting Skarlatos' announcement.

“Oregon voters overwhelmingly rejected Alek Skarlatos last November in this majority-Republican district, because of his toxic agenda and dangerous positions on issues," Carly Gabrielson, DeFazio's campaign manager, said. "From repealing health care protections to opposing a minimum wage--positions that would directly hurt Oregon families and workers."

This is a developing story.

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