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Aloha High graduate, National Guard soldier is one of four Democrats seeking to succeed Jeff Barker.

COURTESY JACOB BRIDE - Jacob Bride of Aloha seeks the Democratic nomination in the May 19 primary for the open House District 28 seat.Jacob Bride of Aloha is about to put his education in political science to the ultimate test.

Bride, who graduated from college last year and is about to earn a master's degree, is one of four candidates who seek the Democratic nomination in the May 19 primary for the open District 28 seat in the Oregon House. The district stretches west from west Beaverton into Aloha and Reedville. Jeff Barker of Aloha, the 18-year Democratic incumbent, is retiring.

Bride, 24, is a soldier in the Army National Guard. He enlisted in the Oregon Guard in 2013, a few months after he graduated from Aloha High School, where he played football.

He is currently in the Virginia Guard while he completes a master's degree in political management from George Washington University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 2019.

"I am running for state representative because Oregon needs strong leadership that will fight for the blue-collar community," he said in a statement.

He is single.

He has worked at Aloha Dairy Queen, Integrity/Amazon.com test facility, and Costco Business Center. He was a legislative intern for Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility in 2016, and an intern in the U.S. House in 2018.

He attended Hazeldale Elementary School and Mountain View Middle School.

His top issue is the influence of big money in politics — and he has vowed to limit his individual donations to $100.

"I firmly believe we need campaign finance reform now. I also believe in following through on what you advocate for," he said. "I am fighting for this issue because I believe if you have campaigns funded by wealthy individuals, then you will have campaigns working for wealthy individuals."

He proposes in his online platform maximum contributions of $1,500 from an individual and $4,500 from a political action committee, plus a five-year ban on lobbyists who run for or hold office.

He supports denser development and more extensive public transportation to resolve the shortage of housing, a right for every Oregonian to health care — he supports a Medicare-for-all plan similar to that advocated by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who Bride supported for president in 2016 — and steps to reduce greenhouse gases and produce nonpolluting energy. 

"I believe we have the opportunity to do this while ensuring we do not hurt our working class," he said.

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