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Senator Jeff Merkley files for re-election to U.S. Senate, seeking third term

Merkley first won election in 2008 and is nearly wrapping up his second term in the office.

Posted: Mar 5, 2020 2:51 PM
Updated: Mar 5, 2020 3:05 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — One of Oregon's incumbent U.S. Senators says he will run for a third term this year, officially filing for re-election. Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, was first elected to the Senate seat in 2008.

"I am running for reelection because I want to fully invest in a future where we stomp out corruption, invest in the building blocks for working families to succeed, and address climate chaos by building a clean energy economy," Sen. Merkley in a statement.

Merkley was born Myrtle Creek in Douglas County, but grew up in northeast Portland. He still lives in the same area.

Before serving as part of the state's Congressional delegation, Merkley was Speaker of the Oregon House.

More recently, Sen. Merkley stepped into the national limelight after posting video while being refused entry to a facility holding the children of immigrants detained at the Mexico border. The issue of the U.S. government's treatment of migrants at the border has since become a major part of his platform.

At present, three Republican challengers have filed their intent to run for the seat — now pitting one of them against the two-term Senator. Navy veteran Paul Romero and financial adviser Jo Rae Perkins have run for political office in Oregon before, though they have not won any elections at the state level. No information about the third candidate, Matthew Kulow, was immediately available.

Also up for grabs this year is the Representative slot for Oregon's 2nd Congressional District — a seat long held by Congressman Greg Walden, R-Hood River, who announced last Fall that he would retire from politics and not seek re-election.

The 2nd District race has become heated quickly — particularly for Republicans, who aim to keep the seat. It is the currently the only part of Oregon's Congressional delegation held by a Republican.

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