Kurt Schrader (D)[i]
Shawn M. DeRemer MDPC (Marketing Director); Evolve Health (Business Coordinator); City of Happy Valley (Mayor); Happy Valley City Council (Councilmember); Thomas Cellars (Wine Sales); Hanford School District (Substitute Teacher); Samsum Medical Clinic (Receptionist)[ii] [iii] [iv]
Fighting Homelessness; Restoring Our Economy; Parental Choice in Oregon Schools; Law Taxes, Balanced Budget; Keep Our Communities Safe; Champion Our Constitutional Rights; Put America & Oregon First; Support Our Veterans & Armed Forces; Oppose Critical Race Theory[vii]
On the Issues
Chavez-DeRemer said she was encouraged by the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, but does not support a total ban on abortion, stating that “criminalizing women is a non-starter.”[viii] [ix] However, he has expressed support for a heartbeat bill, prohibiting abortion after six weeks.[x] Chavez-DeRemer has previously criticized “DC radicals” she claimed advocated for “abortion on demand.”[xi]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
Chavez-DeRemer has blamed Democrats for rising inflation and pledged to focus on reducing costs in Congress.[xii] She supports lower taxes and reigning in spending and advocates for standing “against the Left’s agenda with Conservative leadership to get our economy back on track and make our country affordable again.”[xiii] She is endorsed by the National Federal of Independent Businesses.[xiv]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
Chavez-DeRemer has criticized “government-funded healthcare” and has argued the US needs an incentive program that allows patients more options to drive insurance and healthcare costs down.[xv] [xvi] She has also criticized the Affordable Care Act and blamed Oregon’s budget deficit on Medicaid expansion.[xvii] [xviii]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
Chavez-DeRemer has advocated for closing the southern border, citing the influx of drugs and not knowing enough about the individuals coming into the US.[xix] [xx] She opposes amnesty for undocumented immigrants.[xxi]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
Chavez-DeRemer says Portland has become a “lawless place marked by riots, autonomous zones, and defunded police units.” She argues cuts to the local police budget has led to an 800% increase in homicides and says “we must restore proper funding and resources” to law enforcement.[xxii]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
When asked if President Biden won the 2020 election, Chavez-DeRemer said, “I think that there’s some question to what people felt. People were, at least voters I talked to, they felt like it was unusual.” She has also questioned Oregon’s vote-by-mail system.[xxiii] Chavez-DeRemer has called for Oregon’s elections to be audited and supports passing voter ID laws and banning ballot harvesting.[xxiv]
Chavez-DeRemer has expressed support for defunding the US Department of Education, calling the agency “defunct” and arguing that education should be a state issue.[xxv] She opposed “unconstitutional mandates and harmful school closures” during the COVID-19 pandemic. She strongly opposes Critical Race Theory being taught in schools and supports a Parental Bill of Rights “that ensures transparency for school curriculums and protects the rights of parents.”[xxvi]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
Chavez-DeRemer has cast doubt on climate science and plans to decarbonize the US economy, arguing that the climate “has been changing for thousands and thousands of years. We can’t predict when the climate’s going to change.”[xxvii] She says the Green New Deal would “decimate” rural Oregon.[xxviii] Chavez-DeRemer has called for reopening the Keystone XL Pipeline and has claimed that drilling for oil in the US would be “cleaner” and “better” than in other countries.[xxix]
BIG TECH & DATA PRIVACY:
Chavez-DeRemer has accused Big Tech of bias toward Republicans and “repeatedly suppressing conservative voices.” She will work to end Big Tech censorship and protect freedom of speech in Congress.[xxx]
Chavez-DeRemer is a gun owner, concealed carry permit holder, and a “proud NRA member.”[xxxi] [xxxii] In the wake of the Uvalde school massacre, she suggested mass shootings were caused by a “culture crisis” and said the government should focus on implementing existing gun laws rather than passing new gun safety regulations like banning assault weapons and requiring universal background checks on all gun sales.[xxxiii] [xxxiv] [xxxv]
Chavez-DeRemer believes lawmakers should promote polices that put America and Oregon first and that “our trade deals should benefit Made In America products and companies, not foreign governments who violate their own citizens’ human rights.”[xxxvi]
[i] Eugene Scott & David Weigel, “Rep. Kurt Schrader loses primary in Oregon’s 5th District,” Washington Post, May 27, 2022, available at https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/27/kurt-schrader-loses-primary-oregons-5th-district/.
[ii] Lori Chavez-DeRemer LinkedIn, accessed October 20, 2022, available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/lori-chavez-deremer-52299674/.
[iii] “Candidate of the Week: Lori Chavez-DeRemer (OR-05),” WinRed, August 17, 2022, available at https://winred.com/blog/candidate-of-the-week-lori-chavez-deremer-or-05/.
[iv] Lori Chavez-DeRemer Candidate Information, Office of the Oregon Secretary of State, accessed October 20, 2022, available at https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/cfDetail.do?page=search&cfRsn=21550&OWASP_CSRFTOKEN=UWYY-SQYB-Q1P2-UZ8O-RJ5R-0158-6I7J-FUJA.
[v] Lori Chavez-DeRemer Candidate Information, Office of the Oregon Secretary of State, accessed October 20, 2022, available at https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/cfDetail.do?page=search&cfRsn=21550&OWASP_CSRFTOKEN=UWYY-SQYB-Q1P2-UZ8O-RJ5R-0158-6I7J-FUJA.
[vi] Lori Chavez-DeRemer LinkedIn, accessed October 20, 2022, available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/lori-chavez-deremer-52299674/.
[viii] Lori Chavez-DeRemer Twitter, May 3, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/LChavezDeRemer/status/1521554747546689536?s=20&t=R5d2VbWAvnWunZdWgJI55A.
[ix] Laural Porter, “McLeod-Skinner and Chavez-DeRemer make their pitches to 5th District voters,” KGW, October 7, 2022, available at https://www.kgw.com/article/entertainment/television/programs/straight-talk/candidates-oregon-5th-congressional-district-straight-talk/283-5a4c8975-5bfd-4ae1-a92c-30183800654f.
[x] Lori Chavez-DeRemer Twitter, May 3, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/lchavezderemer/status/1521637666382438400.
[xii] Grant Stringer, “Lori Chavez-DeRemer, Jamie McLeod-Skinner looking to win over moderates in competitive 5th Congressional District race,” The Oregonian, October 16, 2022, available at https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2022/10/lori-chavez-deremer-jamie-mcleod-skinner-looking-to-win-over-moderates-in-competitive-5th-congressional-district-race.html.
[xiv] “Oregon’s Small Businesses Endorse Lori Chavez-DeRemer,” National Federation of Independent Business Press Release, August 16, 2022, available at https://www.nfib.com/content/news/elections/oregons-small-businesses-endorse-lori-chavez-deremer/.
[xvi] “2022 Election Guide: Oregon Congressional District 5 Primary: Republicans,” The New Era, May 4, 2022, available at https://www.sweethomenews.com/story/2022/05/04/news/2022-election-guide-oregon-congressional-district-5-primary-republicans/25748.html.
[xvii] Lori Chavez-DeRemer Twitter, November 16, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/LChavezDeRemer/status/1460661694011613185.
[xviii] Lori Chavez-DeRemer, “Legislators can't let PERS, budget deficit and transportation go unaddressed (Opinion),” The Oregonian, February 17, 2017, available at https://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/2017/02/legislators_cant_let_pers_budg.html.
[xix] “2022 Election Guide: Oregon Congressional District 5 Primary: Republicans,” The New Era, May 4, 2022, available at https://www.sweethomenews.com/story/2022/05/04/news/2022-election-guide-oregon-congressional-district-5-primary-republicans/25748.html.
[xx] “5th Congressional District Debate – Live from Dorchester 2022,” The Oregon Conservative, April 25, 2022, available at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/the-oregon/5th-congressional-district-Tjd5hRu8s7D/.
[xxi] Joe Siess, “Republicans running for Congressional District 5 participate in forum,” The Bend Bulletin, April 21, 2022, available at https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/republicans-running-for-congressional-district-5-participate-in-forum/article_152fe0e0-c1bd-11ec-a0a6-c7b5fff4fbe9.html.
[xxiii] Emily Cureton Cook, “10 essential questions about Oregon’s 5th District, the state’s most unpredictable congressional race,” OPB, April 26, 2022, available at https://www.opb.org/article/2022/04/26/10-essential-questions-about-oregons-5th-district-the-states-most-unpredictable-congressional-race/.
[xxiv] League of Women Voters Oregon Primary Election Voters’ Guide, April 2022, available at https://lwvpdx.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/2022-LOWV-OR-English-FINAL.pdf.
[xxv] Captive Audience Facebook, July 25, 2022, available at https://www.facebook.com/CaptiveAudienceOR/videos/361110736202482/.
[xxvii] Grant Stringer, “Lori Chavez-DeRemer, Jamie McLeod-Skinner looking to win over moderates in competitive 5th Congressional District race,” The Oregonian, October 16, 2022, available at https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2022/10/lori-chavez-deremer-jamie-mcleod-skinner-looking-to-win-over-moderates-in-competitive-5th-congressional-district-race.html.
[xxviii] League of Women Voters Oregon Primary Election Voters’ Guide, April 2022, available at https://lwvpdx.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/2022-LOWV-OR-English-FINAL.pdf.
[xxix] “5th Congressional District Debate – Live from Dorchester 2022,” The Oregon Conservative, April 25, 2022, available at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/the-oregon/5th-congressional-district-Tjd5hRu8s7D/.
[xxx] Lori Chavez-DeRemer Facebook, May 6, 2022, available at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=427458172523769&set=pb.100057787703798.-2207520000..&type=3.
[xxxi] Lori Chavez-DeRemer Twitter, December 9, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/LChavezDeRemer/status/1468840900885311488.
[xxxii] Lori Chavez-DeRemer Twitter, March 20, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/LChavezDeRemer/status/1505578426475769856.
[xxxiii] Ken Boddie, “Chavez-DeRemer on 5th District race against McLeod-Skinner,” KOIN, June 5, 2022, available at https://www.koin.com/nwpolitics/chavez-deremer-on-5th-district-race-against-mcleod-skinner/.
[xxxiv] Lori Chavez- DeRemer Twitter, December 9, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/LChavezDeRemer/status/1468840900885311488.
[xxxv] Lori Chavez-DeRemer Twitter, October 23, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/LChavezDeRemer/status/1451964385061179392.