OR-1: Brad Witt makes it official.

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Today, Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie) made it official: He's running for Congress. He joins Congressman David Wu and Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian in the Democratic primary race.

From the O's Jeff Mapes:

Witt said in an interview that he thinks he distinguishes himself from his rivals because of his focus on "business and economy and workforce development."

Witt is in his fourth term in the House and is a former secretary-treasurer of the Oregon AFL-CIO. ...

Witt said he has talked to a number of voters who want a congressman known for his record in Congress rather than "making headlines that has little or nothing to do" with achieving policy goals.

Unlike Avakian, who entered the race with a long list of endorsements from prominent Democrats, Witt listed just one endorsement - from Mike Caldwell, the No. 2 official in the Oregon Military Department and acting director of the state's Office of Emergency Management.

"We feel it's critical that I be a candidate first, and on that basis I ask people to endorse my candidacy," said Witt.

Learn more at his campaign website.

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    Full disclosure: My firm built Brad Avakian's campaign website. I speak only for myself.

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    Way to go Brad. David Wu and the GOP thank you for your work.

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    I do not understand why Witt thinks he can beat Avakian in a 3 way. He is not well known to the bulk of the voters in the district and does not seem to connect in his messages to the core voters in Washington County. He lacks Avakian's resume and I doubt the Witt will get all the labor support in spite of his former position. I do like the fact that this should pretty seriously end Wu's support by Labor.

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