Category: US Representative, 1st District


Voters choose U.S. Representatives every 2 years. There are 5 U.S. Representatives from Oregon. You vote for 1 in your district.

  • Represent Oregonians from their district in U.S. government
  • Create U.S. laws
  • Vote on U.S. laws and budget

US Representative, 1st District
Drew A Layda* – Libertarian, Pacific Green
Suzanne Bonamici – Democrat, Independent
John Verbeek – Republican

*Means that candidate did not submit a statement to DRO for the Easy Voting Guide.

Suzanne Bonamici – Democrat

Photo: Suzanne Bonamici smiles and looks at the cameraCity where I live: Washington County
Skills: I worked my way through community college, college, and law school, and served consumers and small businesses as an attorney and state legislator. I am a proven leader, fighting for economic stability and opportunities for all Oregonians.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A pencil, an apple, and a chalkboard with "ABC" written on it, and the label "K - 12." 1. All students deserve an excellent public education. I will continue to work on expanding access to early childhood education, funding IDEA, supporting well-rounded education, reducing highstakes testing, and making college more affordable
Icon: A person uses a shovel while another person sits working at a computer. The label reads "Jobs." 2. To grow the economy and create jobs, I support workforce training, apprenticeships, and robust infrastructure investments. Too many working families still struggle, so I am fighting for affordable childcare, retirement security, and paid family leave.
Icon: An image of the earth, with waves radiating from it. 3.We must protect our planet for future generations. On the Science Committee, I support protecting clean air and water, reducing carbon emissions, investing in renewable energy technologies, and protecting our oceans.

Michael E Stansfield – Democrat

Photo: Michael Stansfield smiles and looks away from camera City where I live: Tualatin
Skills: Love

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: Various religious symbols 1. My mother is Jewish, but my wife is Arabic. At birth I took my son to temple to be redeemed as part of his Jewish heritage. The Rabbi told me, we don’t redeem half-breeds, because my wife was an Arab and not a descendant of Israel.
Icon: Three people hold hands. One is wearing pants, one is wearing a skirt, and one is using a wheelchair. The label reads "Civil Rights." 2. I asked him, “In the Bible it says that the Jewish nation took money from the temple and sold the nation of Israel to the Assyrians long ago. How do you know the Arabs are not Israel?” Racism seeks to raise one race by lowering that of another.
3.All this hate because my Jewish family could not look at my Arab family as an equal. We could have been friends. Sometimes to change the world it is not about winning, but just being able to stand-up and say there is something wrong with the world.

George Griffith – Republican

Photo: George Griffith smiles and looks at the cameraCity where I live: Portland
Skills: My undergraduate degrees are in engineering. I’ve worked in technology. my entire career. I’ve served on the board of Habitat for Humanity; building safe, affordable homes, creating wealth for generations. I am a proven leader who can build things.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: People sitting at a long meeting table, with an X over them, and the label "Greed."1. Big money in politics influences all other issues. Representatives spend so much time raising money for their next election that they have no time to govern. They rely on lobbyists and super PACs who spend more time writing laws than ‘lawmakers’ do.


Icon: A person uses a shovel while another person sits working at a computer. The label reads "Jobs." 2. Our infrastructure and electric grid are dangerously out of date. We can create jobs and vocational training that feeds economic growth. If President Trump is serious about MAGA then we will certainly need scientists and engineers to make it happen.


Icon: A scale with two dollar signs balanced, with the label "Budget."3.Balance the budget to not burden future generations. We’ve added $20 Trillion to the debt since Reagan, doing nothing to increase the earnings of Americans who will be working when their tax cuts expire and this massive debt needs to be repaid.