5 Republicans vie in Fifth District

A ballot is placed in a secure drop box at a drive-thru location near the Marion County Circuit Court in May 2021 in Salem.

This is part of a series of stories on the candidates running in the May 17 primary election. Ballots will be mailed to voters April 27.

A medical business owner, a financial analyst, a retired orthopedic surgeon, a contractor and a tennis coach are vying for the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District in the May 17 primary election.

But the large field of contenders – Jimmy Crumpacker, Lori Chavez-DeRemer, John Di Paola, Madison Oatman and Laurel Roses – are mostly unknown to voters in the Willamette Valley.

Only one has been voted into public office previously, Chavez-DeRemer, but all have a background in some form of business.

Jim Moore, a professor of politics at Pacific University, said there is no favorite among the five.

“No, because they’re all unknowns,” he said. “They have little bases or they have no bases.”

The district has been redrawn to combine areas from Stayton, Mill City and Detroit with Linn County, Southwest Portland and Central Oregon cities like Bend, Redmond and Sisters.

These are the contenders vying for the nomination:

Jimmy Crumpacker

Congressional District 5 Republican candidate Jimmy Crumpacker.

Crumpacker’s professional background is in finance.

Born and raised outside Portland to a family with ties to Oregon dating back to 1845, he went to high school in New Hampshire before going to college at Georgetown.

After working as an intern for Sen. Gordon Smith while in college, he went into finance, working on Wall Street for American International Group.

Crumpacker moved back to Oregon 10 years ago and continued to work in finance. Because the stock markets closed early afternoon Oregon time each day, he had time on his hands.

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