Republican Lori Chavez DeRemer A former suburban mayor was expected to win a Democratic-held House Seat in Oregon. This would deprive the incumbent party of a crucial foothold on a U.S. House Map where Democrats have very little room for error, disappointing progressives who had rallied behind her rival and denying them a key foothold.

Democrat was likely to be defeated by Chavez-DeRemer Jamie McLeod-Skinner, an attorney, small-business owner and regional emergency response coordinator in Oregon’s new 5th Congressional District. Joe Biden won the seat by more 8 percentage points in 2020’s presidential election. The district includes Portland, its suburbs, Bend, and large swathes rural, central Oregon.

Chavez-DeRemer, the former mayor of Happy Valley said in an October interview that she hopes to put more emphasis in Congress on fighting inflation, strengthening local law enforcement, and offering alternatives to traditional public schools.

“I take it right back to being a mayor, a mom and a business owner,” Chavez DeRemer runs medical clinics along with her husband, an Anesthesiologist. “I think that those three things are what people in Oregon’s 5th are looking forward to and have hope for.”

McLeod Skinner was supported by left-wing organizations like the Working Families Party. Unseated In a May primary, Kurt Schrader (a centrist business-friendly representative) was elected.

Progressives, who hoped to have the opportunity to show their skills in a swing seat, are disappointed by her projected loss to Chavez DeRemer. It strengthens the arguments made by party moderates who argue that Schrader would make a better candidate despite having close ties to the party. Pharmaceutical industry.

But the principled progressive stances ― and associations ― that were a boon for McLeod-Skinner in the primary proved a challenge in a general election.

Chavez-DeRemer, along with her allies, have tied McLeod Skinner to the most unpopular sections of the radical left in Portland. Participation in Black Lives Matter marches, and serving as a council member in a left-leaning city council. Bay Area city Accepting the support of the left-wing Working Families Party which has supported calls to “defund the police,” McLeod Skinner has been called an anti-police radical by Republicans. McLeod Skinner has never supported decreasing police funding. He enlisted the support a former Bend police chief To vouch her pro-law enforcement credentials.

McLeod Skinner was aggressively pursuing her goal to appeal to more voters in her district, which she spoke with The Sunday Review in October. She had been wary of progressive associations and wanted to make them more appealing. McLeod-Skinner declined to identify herself as a “Democratic Progressive”. “progressive” She was cautious about the idea of running together with Tina Kotek (Democratic gubernatorial candidate).

“What you’ve actually got in this case is a rural Democrat versus a suburban Republican … a rural Democrat who lives in a double-wide [trailer] versus a multimillionaire Republican who lives in a gated community in the suburbs,” McLeod Skinner argued McLeod Skinner was a populist Democrat who has crossover appeal.

“We just have two fundamentally different visions for our district, our state and our country,” She added. “And when people get a sense of those visions and what we’re both standing for, I win that battle hands down because people ultimately want to be hopeful about the future.”

However, the voters of Oregon wanted to see a change in Democratic Party leadership. To that end, Chavez-DeRemer slammed McLeod-Skinner for supporting Biden’s domestic policy agenda.

“You cannot say that you’re for hardworking Americans and working families if you’re willing to support every single spending bill that Biden has brought down,” She spoke to The Sunday Review.

Chavez DeRemer was also trying to get herself inoculated from accusations she was too right-wing.

She minimized her more extreme stances during the GOP primary, which included support for a state level. “heartbeat bill” She now supports banning abortion in pregnancy early (she emphasizes that she would never vote to restrict abortion at federal level) as well casting doubt on validity of 2020 presidential election results (she says now that it is only that). “President Biden is the president of the United States”).

Chavez-DeRemer was Happy Valley’s first Latina and female mayor. She is part of a growing number of Republican congressional candidates.

Latinos may be a minority, but they are “a small sector of the entire state, it’s still one of the fastest growing populations that we’re seeing,” Chavez-DeRemer said. “Giving them a voice, letting them know that we support those family values and then recognizing that they can trust us if we can look like them, understand them … and we can be relatable, I think that that’s key.”