This weekend outsider US Senate candidate and real estate broker Candy Neville held a campaign kickoff rally in her hometown of Eugene, the Associated Press reports:
Her fight to take down U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., might well be a long shot, but Candy Neville, a virtual unknown from Eugene who is running for the Democratic nomination, said that wouldn't dampen her resolve.
At a sparsely attended campaign kickoff this weekend in her hometown, Neville, 57, said she was "a passionate candidate. I'm available and I care."
A Eugene real estate broker whose political experience includes volunteering for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign and speaking out on various community issues, Neville is facing Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley of Portland, and Portland lawyer and activist Steve Novick in her quest for the Democratic nomination. Novick and Merkley have both been campaigning and raising money for months.
"I'm one of 303 million citizens in the United States, and we can still (run for political office)," Neville said. "If you have courage and $150, you can file. A lot of people are qualified, and I am one of them."
The Oregonian also profiled Neville last week:
Candy Neville, the only woman running for U.S. Senate in Oregon, doesn't worry much about the little things.
Campaign staff? Nah, she likes going it alone for now.
Campaign funds? Not yet. She takes offense at the notion that the one with the most money should win.
Neville, a Eugene real estate broker, takes any conversation about herself and her unlikely candidacy back to one topic and one topic only -- war, and how to end it.
"Everything comes down to Iraq," says Neville, who has filed to run in the Democratic primary. "And now I see, to my great horror, they're looking to Iran, which, unless they're stopped, will happen."