TIGARD, OR -- A Tigard businessman is seeking the Democratic nomination, hoping to run against Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) in the fall. Dan Boggs has never run for public office before, but the 36-year-old says it's time to take the plunge. "I never really saw myself as a politician, that kept me from running for office because I never thought of myself in that light. And that was one of the reasons actually that I decided to run. Perhaps we don't need more politicians; perhaps we need more people that have a little more understanding of what goes on in the United States for the average citizen."
Boggs works in I.T. and tells KBND News he was compelled to run for two main reasons. "Wealth and income inequality is huge, as well as getting 'big money' out of politics, those are I think my two highest issues. I think right now the country is controlled, in large part, by the money that is funneled into it."
So far, he says he's spent $50 of his own money on his campaign. "I'm not accepting any donations. I know my opponent has quite a large war chest, and will probably be running a lot of ads; and I'm not sure how I will do. But, I don't think that we should be beholden to special interest groups; I don't think that that is the way politics should be going in the future." Click HERE to visit Boggs' campaign Facebook page.
Members of the U.S. House are not required to live in the district they represent, although it is unusual. Walden has represented Oregon's Second Congressional District, which is comprised primarily of Central and Eastern Oregon, since 1999.