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Democratic Candidate Forum Brings Packed Auditorium

At least six democrats are trying to become the next candidate to run against Representative Greg Walden in the November general election. NewsWatch 12's Eliana Sheriff was at the forum as the candidates were in Medford trying to build support for the May 15, 2018 Democratic Primary.

Posted: Jan. 25, 2018 10:59 PM
Updated: Apr. 19, 2018 1:19 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.-- 200 people showed up to Thursday’s candidate forum to get to know some of the people who plan to run for the Democratic Primary, eventually taking on Greg Walden.

The Jackson County Democratic Party held the second of two candidate forums. Both brought packed houses.

John Miele says, "Well I think we have a good crop of candidates this year and I think we have a fighting chance to take back this district."

The candidates that took the stage tonight include Michael Byrne, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, James Crary, Eric Burnette, Jennifer Neahring, and timothy white.

We may see even more candidates try to take on the 10-term incumbent as the filing deadline is March 6th.

John Miele says, "Walden I've met him and I know him, he's a good guy but he just doesn't seem to, he seems to have gotten out of touch with the second congressional district."

Tonight, organizers conducted an unofficial straw poll for the candidates to receive feedback.

Benjamin Baden says, ""I think each candidate brought their own unique strength to the panel, I feel like it was hard to vote on one, they were all strong in views and knowledge. I feel like Greg Walden doesn't really stand a chance."

Walden has been in office since 1999.

In the 2016, general election Jim Crary tried to run against Walden.

Walden won with almost 72 percent of the vote.

The primary election is may 15th and the general election is November 6th.

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