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After speaking with my family, advisors, and supporters, I have decided to suspend my campaign for US Congress. I am deeply grateful to the thousands of Oregonians I met in the course of this campaign and I am more committed than ever to empowering people through effective leadership.

While I will not be serving in Congress, I am not leaving public service. Metro is in the midst of critical work–the I-5bridge replacement project, bringing our regional economic vibrancy back, completing the 4700 units of affordablehousing, and implementing the Supportive Housing Services measure–that deserves my undivided attention.

I was the first Democrat to enter the race, because I was appalled at the MAGA extremism of Lori Chavez-DeRemer and the Republican House Majority. The 5th District remains a key race to retake the House majority and return sane leadership to Washington, D.C.

I believe State Rep. Janelle Bynum is the best candidate to defeat Chavez-DeRemer. She has my enthusiasticendorsement and full support and I urge all 5th District Democrats to entrust her with this work.

Over the course of the last 8 months since I declared, almost 1,500 people invested in this campaign to protect
and strengthen our democracy. I want to thank each one of them for their commitment and investment and ask them to support Representative Bynum because working together we can take back the U.S. Congress.

I’d like to thank my staff for their dedication, and especially my husband Mark whose love and support havesustained me throughout this process.
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