State representative and former McMinnville police chief Ron Noble announced a bid for the Republican nomination for Oregon's new congressional district onÂ Wednesday, Dec. 8.
The Sixth Congressional District, which includes all of Yamhill and Polk counties and parts of Marion, Clackamas and Washington counties, was created after Oregon gained a seat thanks to population increases measured in the 2020 Census. The district willÂ hold its first primaries in May and the general election in November.
"We finished the special session on redistricting, and it ends up the congressional district is right where I live and where I've been the last 50 years," Noble, who lives near Carlton, told Pamplin Media Group in a phone interview. "The new map is diverse. I grew up in Polk County and spent a lot of time in Salem. Even though its a mixture of the mid-Willamette Valley's rural and agricultural areas and the high-tech parts of Washington County, the campaign is really just a matter of getting out there and talking to people."
Noble, whose currentÂ House District 24 is inside the larger congressional district, served as chief of police in McMinnville from 2006 to 2014. He started his law enforcement career in Benton County in 1986 and spent 18 years with the Corvallis Police Department.
Noble won each of his House elections in 2016, 2018 and 2020 with at least 55% of the vote.
In 2019, colleagues voted Noble onto the House Conduct Committee, which he now co-chairs.
In Salem, Noble pointed to sponsoring a 2018 bill that requires prescription drug manufacturers to publicly report drug prices as well as the costs of development and marketing and a 2021 bill that requires mental healthcare providers who assess minors at imminent and serious threat of attempting suicide to disclose relevant information to parents or guardians and engage in safety planning as his major accomplishments.
"Drug prices have gone down or at least not gone up like they were prior to the bill," Noble said. "During the pandemic, isolation and suicidal thoughts and behavior and addiction have been on the rise, so we added some support for youth in crisis. I'm proud of both of those bills."
So far, the Republican field also includesÂ former Keizer city councilor Amy Ryan Courser and former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst Angela Plowhead.
The district is expected to lean toward Democrats, who have a massive voter registration advantage in Portland suburbs like Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and Lake Oswego. But nonpartisan analysts don't discount Republicans' chances, especially if they enjoy a strong national environment in 2022.
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