County commissioner will face Ben Pollock in the GOP primary in May

Clackamas County Commissioner Tootie Smith is Smithseeking election to Oregon’s 5th Congressional District, now represented by Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader.

Smith, 56, a Republican, has only one candidate running against her in the May 20 Republican primary: Ben Pollock, 28, of Wilsonville. Pollock is a former congressional aide who works at SMS Auto Fabrics, his family’s business in Canby.

Last week, Smith traveled throughout the district to announce her campaign, starting at Aurora Aviation before going to Salem’s Court Street Dairy and Adair Village Community Center west of Albany, and ending at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The district includes Lake Oswego, West Linn and Stafford as well as areas on the coast and Salem.

“The places I chose to announce my candidacy today show my commitment to the middle class, to job creation and to small businesses across this district,” Smith said. “These are the people still struggling, who desperately need a voice in Congress. I’m with them.”

At several appearances, she said, “I’m running for Congress because Kurt Schrader said on local television that the president misled him on the health care bill, a bill he voted for but did not read or understand. I will work to repeal and replace Obamacare. And I will take full responsibility for all my votes.”

“We’ve seen a huge decline economically, and we can’t continue down this unsustainable path of spending more than we take in,” Smith said. “It’s time that Oregonians have a representative in Congress who is committed to getting us back on track. I look forward to meeting new people across the district, hearing their personal stories and learning how I can help the people of Oregon in Washington, D.C.”

Smith was elected to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners in 2012. Prior to that, she was a state representative from 2001 to 2005. Smith is also a fourth-generation hazelnut farmer and small-business owner.

She and her husband reside in the Mulino area. Smith said she regularly volunteers for St. Mary’s Church, the Molalla Centennial Committee and various other local causes. She established a website at

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