State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D) appears set to enter the special election to replace outgoing Oregon Rep. David Wu (D), who is resigning after the debt limit deal is voted on.
Bonamici has launched a campaign website, which states that a formal announcement of her plans is forthcoming. The site, bannered with “Suzanne Bonamici for Congress,” asks supporters to contribute money through the Democratic fundraising portal ActBlue.
“The outpouring of support I have received over the past few days has been tremendously encouraging,” Bonamici says on the website. “Overwhelmingly I have heard that the people of the 1st Congressional District want a member of Congress who reflects their values, has fought for the families and the economy of this community and has a record of getting things done.”
Bonamici would join state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and state Rep. Brad Witt in the Democratic primary. Avakian and Witt announced Congressional bids before Wu’s resignation announcement last week, which came after a July 22 Oregonian newspaper story revealed that the Congressman has been accused of an unwanted sexual encounter with an 18-year-old.
The special election date will not be set until Wu’s resignation becomes official. No Republicans have entered the race so far in the Portland-area 1st district, which has been represented by Democrats since 1974.
Bonamici, a University of Oregon graduate, worked as a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission before returning to Oregon and a private law practice. After a career break to raise her children, Bonamici took a job as a legislative assistant in the state House in 2001. She was elected to the state House in 2006, and she was appointed and then elected to the state Senate in 2008 and 2010.
Bonamici is married to federal Judge Michael Simon, who was confirmed by the Senate in June.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.