Category: US Representative, 5th District


US Representative:
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, 5th District
Colm Willis* – Republican
Kurt Schrader – Democrat, Independent
Marvin Sandnes – Pacific Green

*Denotes that candidate chose not to submit a voting guide statement.

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.

Marvin Sandnes – Pacific Green

Photo: Marvin SandnesCity where I live: Salem
Skills: BS in Soc. Sci. from PSU, Small Business Owner in the Willamette Valley since 1967, currently own and manage property. Restored the Old West Salem City Hall and wrote the successful nomination to the National Registry.


3 things I will do if I win:

Icon: The United States, with a dollar bill sign and a stock line going up and down behind it 1. 1) Withdraw, immediately, from Afghanistan. $100 billion spent every yr., 52,328 US bombs and missiles dropped on Islamic countries in the last 365 days. 80 % of the casualties are women and children.

Icon: Two nuclear reactors 2. Re-direct Defense spending, talent, and resources to address the Fukushima catastrophe: 100,000 gal. of radioactive waste pour into the Pacific every day, the technology to fix does not exist.

Icon: A doctor wearing a head mirror and with a medical cross on their chest holds a sheet of paper with a medical cross and writing. 3.Single Payer Health Coverage