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Loretta Smith for Congress

For her experience, principles and integrity

By Charly Norton

Much has been written about the crowded Democratic primary for Oregon’s new Sixth Congressional District, especially as big-money outside groups spend significant resources trying to mysteriously buy the election. That said, there is one Democrat who truly stands out for her experience, principles, and integrity: Loretta Smith.

For over 20 years, Loretta served on U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s team here in Oregon after graduating from Oregon State. She managed constituency services in the Senator’s office, working on a wide range of issues in every corner of the state. Beyond her deep knowledge of the federal government, Loretta was elected for eight years as a two-term county commissioner in Multnomah County.

Loretta is exceptionally qualified – not only does she know the state and district well, she understands the challenges facing families, small business owners, and seniors.

Among her top priorities if elected to Congress, Loretta is focused on expanding access to affordable healthcare to ensure Oregonians do not go bankrupt due to an illness; taking on Big Pharma to reduce drug costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate prices and passing stricter caps on critical medications, including insulin for diabetics like Loretta; providing relief from high gas prices by passing a bill to send $500 rebate checks directly to individual taxpayers; and fixing our supply chain and producing more goods here in the U.S. and here locally in Oregon.

When asked about the significant spending in the competitive OR-06 race, Loretta said, “The people of Oregon deserve better than DC elites and crypto billionaires who moved their corporations offshore to avoid paying US taxes, swooping in to try and buy this election. It is frankly shameful that House Democratic leadership in Washington is apparently trading favors and treating one of the fastest growing regions in the country as a bargaining chip while taking Black voters, and specifically Black women, a core constituency for the party, for granted once again. This election will ultimately be decided by the voters of the Sixth District, not the dark money billionaires who refuse to play by the same rules as everyone else.”

We couldn’t agree more.

To learn more about Loretta and her campaign, visit

--Charly Norton

Loretta Smith, former Multnomah County Commissioner, is running for Congress in Oregon's new Congressional District 6.



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