TERREBONNE, OR -- The 2024 campaign for Oregon’s Fifth Congressional District could look a lot like 2022. Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a Terrebonne lawyer and activist, announced Monday she plans to run again against Congresswoman Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR5). In a letter to supporters, McLeod-Skinner blamed “out-of-state extremists” for the Republican win in the newly redrawn district.
McLeod-Skinner first ran for Congress in 2018 in the Second District, against then-Congressman Greg Walden. She lost by 16 points, but it was the closest a challenger ever came to unseating the 11-term Republican. She also ran unsuccesfully for Oregon Secretary of State in 2020, losing in the Democratic primary. In 2022, she took on Lori Chavez-DeRemer, after the Fifth District was redrawn to include a large portion of Central Oregon. McLeod Skinner lost by just over 7,000 votes.
She had planned to announce her 2024 run at a Bend rally over the weekend, but her campaign says she came down with a mild case of COVID and the event was canceled.