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Al-AbdRabbuh wins Progressive nomination

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Sami Al-AbdRabbuh won’t have to run as a write-in after all.

The Corvallis resident, a doctoral student in engineering at Oregon State University, had the endorsement of the Independent Party of Oregon for the District 16 seat in the state House of Representatives going into the May 17 primary.

But he finished third in balloting for the nomination behind Dan Rayfield, the Democratic incumbent, and Judson McClure, the Republican candidate.

That left him facing the prospect of mounting a write-in campaign for the November general election against Rayfield, McClure and Libertarian Andrew Freborg, whose names will appear on the ballot as their parties’ nominees.

On Wednesday, however, the Progressive Party of Oregon announced that its leadership committee has nominated Al-AbdRabbuh to be the party’s standard-bearer for the District 16 seat, which represents Corvallis and Philomath.

The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office lists Al-AbdRabbuh as a qualifying candidate, meaning his name should appear on the printed ballot alongside those of his opponents.

Party Chairman David Delk said Al-AbdRabbuh’s positions align with Progressive views on a number of key issues, including setting limits on campaign contributions, creating a single-payer health care system and establishing a public bank for the state of Oregon.

Al-AbdRabbuh called the nomination a huge boost for his candidacy.

“A write-in campaign is much harder to win,” he said.

“It is hard to spell Al-AbdRabbuh, but it is not hard to remember it in November.”

Reporter Bennett Hall can be reached at 541-758-9529 or bennett.hall@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.

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