04-29-2017  2:15 am      •     
The Wake of Vanport
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Four Democrats and a Republican are the first to say they will run to represent Oregon's House District One in Washington DC.  Rep. David Wu, who has represented the district since 1999, resigned Wednesday Aug. 3, in the wake of  allegations that the 56-year-old Congressman  made unwanted sexual advances to the 18-year-old daughter of one of his donors. It was the final straw after a string of disclosures that painted Wu as misusing pain medications and sending bizarre texts to his staffers. Most of his staff resigned earlier this year and publicly begged him to get psychiatric help. 
Oregon's District One covers territory West of Portland and stretches all the way to the coast. It includes Oregon's Silicon Forest. home to technology leaders such as Intel and Tektronix, as well as sports clothing companies, Nike and Columbia Sportswear. It's home to several higher education research institutions, including Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland State University, Pacific University and Oregon Graduate Institute. Agriculture and wineries are also big players in the district's economy. The primary election will be held Nov. 8, with the general election set for Jan. 31.
Here are the current candidates (in alphabetical order)

Brad Avakian
Current Job: State Labor Commissioner since 2008
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Education: Aloha High School, Oregon State University, Lewis and Clark Law School
Experience: YMCA Juvenile Restitution program manager, managed his own independent law practice; has been a legislator since 2002 and in the state Senate since 2006.
Endorsements: Roy Jay; Tom Hughes; Bill Bradbury; Bev Stein; State Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson; Former Attorney Gen. Jim Brown Full list at www.bradavakian.com/supporters/
Lives in: Beaverton
Website: www.bradavakian.com
Twitter: @BradAvakian
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/bradavakian

Suzanne Bonamici
Current Job: State senator since 2008 representing District 17
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Education: Lane Community College, University of Oregon and University of Oregon School of Law
Experience: An attorney, she worked as a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington DC and for a Portland law firm. She was elected as a state representative in 2006.
Endorsements: Former State Sen. Avel Gordly; Former Gov. Barbara Roberts; Attorney Gen. John Kroger, Elizabeth Furse; Jackie Dingfelder. Full List: http://www.bonamiciforcongress.com/endorsements/
Lives in: Vista Hills, Oregon
Website: http://www.bonamiciforcongress.com/
Twitter: @suzannebonamici (no tweets yet)
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/qAGe1R

Rob Cornilles
Current Job: CEO of Game Face Sports
Party Affiliation: Republican
Education: Newberg High School, Brigham Young University
Experience: Founder and CEO of Game Face Sports, a sports consulting, training and executive recruitment firm, Cornilles advises sports organizations. Ran against Wu in 2010
Endorsements:   Former Gov. Vic Atiyeh, Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden, former Sen. Bob Packwood, and Chris Dudley 
   Website: http://www.cornillesforcongress.com/
 Lives in: Tualatin
Twitter: @RobCornilles
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cornillesforcongress
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/cornillesforcongress

Brad Witt, 
Current Job: State Representative for Oregon's House District 31 since 2005
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Education: BA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and MA, University of Oregon
Experience: Secretary-Treasurer for the Oregon AFL-CIO from 1993-2005, Witt was an economist for the national organization. Currently a representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 Negotiates contracts.
Endorsements: Mike Caldwell, the No. 2 official in the Oregon Military Department and acting director of the state's Office of Emergency Management . Witt says he wanted to announce before seeking further  endorsements.
 Lives in: Clatskanie
Website: http://www.wittforcongress.com/
 Twitter: @BWitt56
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002655332306#!/pages/Brad-Witt/105557706144386  

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