Kurt Schrader – Democrat, Independent

Photo: Kurt SchraderCity where I live: Canby
Skills: I spent most of my life as a farmer and veterinarian. I grew fruit and vegetables and took care of horses, dogs and cats. I wanted to help my community, so I ran for office. In 2008, I was elected to represent our part of Oregon in Washington D.C.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A person uses a shovel while another person sits working at a computer. The label reads "Jobs."1. Our part of Oregon has many farms and forests. I helped pass the Farm Bill, a law making sure farmers and folks near forest land make a good living. Many new jobs are in cities, but I will make sure people who live in the country have good jobs too.

Icon: A pencil, an apple, and a chalkboard with "ABC" written on it, and the label "K - 12."2. An old law called No Child Left Behind meant schools could lose money if students, especially those with disabilities, did not meet standards. I helped replace that law with the Every Student Succeeds Act, giving the school and parents back control.

Icon: A picture of a Social Security card.3. Veterans, seniors and people with disabilities earn benefits to take care of themselves. When mistakes happen, my office helps fix it and has returned over $5 million to people, making sure that everyone who counts on this help, gets what they need.