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Congressional District 5 debate between McLeod-Skinner, Chavez-DeRemer

The candidates in an Oregon congressional race that is being closely watched on the national level will face off during a KATU debate Tuesday, Sept. 27.

KATU’s Steve Dunn will moderate the debate between Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner and Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer, both of whom advanced to the November general election after winning their respective party primaries in May.

McLeod-Skinner’s win was one for the record books, defeating long-time incumbent Kurt Schrader in a significantly redrawn 5th Congressional District that now stretches over the Cascades to include the city of Bend.

Schrader has been in Congress since 2009. And his loss in a primary was the first for an incumbent in Oregon since 1980.

McLeod-Skinner ran to the left of the moderate Schrader and blasted him during the campaign for taking corporate PAC money, especially those tied to pharmaceutical companies.

Chavez-DeRemer, a former mayor of Happy Valley, beat out four other candidates in the Republican primary, blasting her closest opponent, Jimmy Crumpacker, for not having a job and accusing him of living off his parents’ money. She touted herself as a true conservative during the primary.

Polling shows a tight race for the November general election, and FiveThirtyEight currently finds Chavez-DeRemer “slightly favored” to win.

During the debate, KATU will help you sort out the positions of the two candidates on issues important to you, from public safety to the economy.

The debate will start at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast over the air, on KATU’s website, and its Facebook page.