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Newberg resident Jason Yates has filed his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District.

The district includes Clatsop, Columbia, Washington and Yamhill counties and a section of southwest Multnomah County in Portland. The position has been held by the Democratic party since 1975 and is currently held by Suzanne Bonamici, who was elected to office in 2012 after David Wu resigned amid a flurry of personal and professional issues.Yates

Yates, a native of Newnan, Ga., works as service manager at Bug Busters Pest Control in Newberg, said politics have always held his imagination.

“I’ve been interested in politics ever since I was a little kid,” Yates said. “I’ve always looked at history books and learned about presidents. I always had that interest in the back of my mind.”

For the past few years, he’s worked with the Yamhill County Republicans and served on student government as a student at Santa Barbara City College and Portland State University. (He graduated from SBCC with an associate’s degree in English in 2009 and from PSU with a bachelor’s degree in film studies in 2013). But he said he doesn’t think his lack of political experience should be viewed as an issue.

“People in politics have grand political-filled resumes and are ruining the government,” Yates said. “I think it’s time a normal average Joe stands up for his or her community.”

Four main issues prompted him decide to run for Congress: “Obamacare,” the recent government shut down, national debt and how much land in Oregon is owned by the federal government.

“This particular election cycle, smaller social issues won’t matter if these four (issues) overall aren’t handled,” he said.

This was also his reasoning behind choosing Congress as his first political race in lieu of “lower positions.”

“I felt the four issues most important to me, (I could) make a bigger impact in Congress,” Yates said. “A lot of people are able to run for Congress and Senate and be successful.”

He pointed to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as an example.

As for gathering the hundreds of thousands of dollars necessary to run a viable campaign for the Republican primary next spring and, should he win, the general election in November 2014, Yates said he is accepting donations on his website.

For more information about Yates, visit www.yatesforcongress.com. He is also hosting a meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Saturday at Abby’s Legendary Pizza.

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