Readers Weigh In: Who should replace Blumenauer in Congress?

Kiran Mazumdar

Last week, U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer announced that he will not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, and already candidates are lining up to take his place. 

But while voters will decide next year who should replace Blumenauer in Washington, D.C., Pamplin Media Group readers are already weighing in on who they’d like to see take the job. 

A non-scientific survey by Your Oregon News asked Pamplin Media Group readers who they’d like to see run to replace Blumenauer. 

The open-ended survey allowed readers to submit any name. Nearly 20% of respondents said they would support former Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal for the position. Jayapal has already announced her candidacy and resigned from her position on the commission this month to focus on her campaign. Jayapal’s sister, Pramila Jayapal, is a sitting Congresswoman already, representing the Seattle area in Washington.

About 8% of respondents said they’d prefer a Republican to take the seat. That’s statistically unlikely. Blumenauer has represented Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District since 1996, with little competition. The seat is considered solidly Democratic by the Cook Political Report and is expected to stay in Democratic hands.

Gresham City Councilor Eddy Morales, another candidate for the office, was supported by 7% of respondents.

Many said they weren’t sure who they’d like to see run for the seat. Some wanted leaders with political experience, while others called for fresh faces who aren’t career politicians.

“It’s too early to decide,” one respondent wrote. “Times have changed, and so have politics. It’s a changed world — let alone Oregon politics.”

“I would prefer someone who shares Earl’s values and integrity,” wrote another.

“Someone with a strong track record in politics, preferably from the east side of the Willamette, and a woman,” wrote a third.

Other notable names that drew multiple responses from readers included former Portland City Councilor Steve Novick, former Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and former Portland Mayor Sam Adams.


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