On Sunday, a Republican from Oregon won a congressional seat from a Democrat, claiming it to be a “historic victory.”
According to KATU-TV in Portland, the race for the 5th Congressional District was too close to determine until Sunday, when The Associated Press declared Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer the victor against Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner.
McLeod-Skinner had won the Democratic primary over incumbent Kurt Schrader.
Chavez-DeRemer received 51.1 percent of the vote, compared to McLeod-48.9 Skinner’s percent, according to Associated Press results that were published in The New York Times.
Lori Chavez-DeRemer will be a strong voice for conservative solutions in Washington. Looking forward to working side by side with Lori to address the concerns of #OR05 as we get this country back on track. Congratulations @LChavezDeRemer! pic.twitter.com/qc9ftq1hPL
— Kevin McCarthy (@kevinomccarthy) November 13, 2022
The win gives Republicans 212 seats in the House, but control of the chamber is still in doubt, as per Fox News results as of Monday morning. A majority for a party requires 218 seats. Democrats currently hold 204 seats, with 19 more to be determined.
Former Happy Valley mayor Chavez-DeRemer claimed her victory was a success for families in Oregon.
“This is a historic victory for Oregon, but the work starts now. I vow to work for all Oregonians toward a better future for our children,” she declared in a statement.
“From the suburbs of Clackamas, down to rural Linn and Marion counties, and over to the Cascades to Central Oregon, one thing was clear to me: Oregonians wanted common-sense solutions to their everyday problems. Families needed a Congresswoman to tackle inflation, keep us safe, and focus on what’s best for Oregon families.”
As a member of Congress, Chavez-DeRemer stated that she will endeavor to find solutions that benefit all parties.
“As mayor of Happy Valley, I was proud of my bipartisan track record, and it was critical to approach every issue through a non-partisan lens. That is exactly what I promise to do as your next Congresswoman,” according to her statement.
Chavez-DeRemer made political history in Oregon by becoming the first Republican woman and the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the state’s congressional delegation.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
In a statement acknowledging her defeat, McLeod-Skinner said, “Our success as Oregonians is dependent on the success of our elected leaders, and I encourage all of us to help our elected leaders bridge our divides to address our common challenges.”
The rights of parents had featured prominently in the issues Chavez-DeRemer said she would work to address, according to her website.
“Oregon Children were stripped of their right to a quality education because of unconstitutional mandates and harmful school closures. Now, when Oregon kids are struggling to catch up, schools are forcing divisive and politically charged issues into the classroom,” the website states. CONTINUE READING…