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Oregon City resident Seth Allan filed this month to run for Oregon’s fifth U.S. House district; he is the first candidate to file for the Republican primary to decide who will challenge four-term Congressman Kurt Schrader.


SUBMITTED - Seth AllanAllan, 27, is a Clackamas County native and emergency-room mental health technician for Providence Portland Hospital on Glisan Street.

Allan said he plans to hold Schrader accountable for his votes as a member of congress. Allan was inspired to run after witnessing the daily partisanship in Washington D.C. that he said has hindered the nation’s ability to solve major issues.

"The problems facing our economy will only be solved when our nation’s leaders boldly step up to empower the growth of small businesses and the stability found in family-wage jobs," Allan said. "The long-term incumbent from Oregon has fallen in line with the big spending Washington D.C. establishment and has failed to step up and lead."

Allan is running under his middle name, and his given last name is Rydmark. Allan worked for Ben Pollock's campaign for Oregon's fifth district in 2014, which lost by a slim margin to Clackamas County Commissioner Tootie Smith in the primary. After she won the primary, Smith failed to raise enough money for a serious general election campaign.

"Ben would have done much better than Tootie against Schrader, given how many votes he got in the primary as a no-name candidate," Allan said. "It can be difficult to unseat any incumbent-like individual, but (like Pollock) I'll also be running a grassroots campaign."

Allan will be kicking off his campaign at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St., Oregon City.

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