Rep. Kurt Schrader has warded off two challengers to earn the Democratic primary election for Oregon's 5th congressional district for the seventh straight cycle. According to early returns, Schrader took home 70.4% of the vote and holds a 49 percentage-point lead over second-place finisher Mark Gamba, mayor of Milwaukie.
Schrader is currently serving his sixth term as representative for Oregon's fifth district. He initially entered public service as a member of the Canby planning commission for 16 years. He won election to Oregon's House of Representatives in 1996 and served four consecutive terms before being elected to the state senate in 2002. He served as a state senator for six years until 2008 when he won election to Congress.
In third place, local bar owner Blair Reynolds secured 7.1% percent of the Democratic primary vote.
On the Republican side, Amy Ryan Courser handily defeated three opponents by earning 53% of Republican votes. She takes the victory over Shane Dinkel who earned 20.9% of the vote, Joey Nations with 16.9% and Angela Roman with 8%, according to early returns.
Ryan Courser is a former Keizer city councilor and community activist involved in many organizations within the Salem-Keizer community. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes minor league baseball club.
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