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Jaime Mathis is a Milwaukie resident and Mark Gamba's congressional communications director

I was a student studying overseas when Sep. 11 Jaime Mathishappened. As soon as I saw the planes hit, I thought, "We're going to war and no one in power will blink twice." Now, 20 years later, we're looking down the barrel of a war that our president started because he didn't like everyone looking at his impeachment.

Everyday Americans are always the ones expected to send their children to be maimed, psychologically battered and killed. More than ever, we need elected representatives that stand up to corporations that profit from the losses to our communities.

We need congresspeople who are actively engaging with their constituents, so they know what the people want. My Congressman Kurt Schrader seems to be AWOL as we are being dragged into yet another unwanted war in the Middle East.

You know who is present? His challenger, Mark Gamba. Mark was at the first anti-war protest in Portland within hours of Soleimani's assassination being announced. He has been canvassing on the streets, holding house parties, and most importantly, not taking any money from corporations.

I for one, can't wait for the primaries. It's time to unseat the incumbent and get someone in Congress who works for us. Jaime Mathis is a Milwaukie resident and Mark Gamba's congressional communications director.


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