Former Corvallis Councilor Mike Beilstein is making a fourth run at U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio.
Beilstein, 67, who is representing the Pacific Green Party in the Nov. 6 election, also ran in 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2016. He missed the 2012 race because he did not file his paperwork in time.
DeFazio, 71, is seeking his 17th term in the district. A Springfield Democrat, he joined Congress in 1987. DeFazio also is representing the Independent, Working Families and Progressive parties. Also in the race is Art Robinson, 76, of Cave Junction, representing the Republic and Constitution parties, and Libertarian Richard Jacobson of Eugene.
This is Robinson’s fifth challenge to DeFazio. His high-water mark was 44 percent of the vote in 2010. He received 39 percent of the vote in 2012, 38 percent in 2014 and 40 percent in 2016.
Beilstein’s best showing was 4 percent in 2008, although DeFazio had no Republican opponent that year and earned 82 percent of the vote. Beilstein received 5 percent of the Benton County vote in 2016, with highs of 9.3 percent in Ward 2 and 8.0 in Ward 5, the one he represented on the City Council.
Beilstein said he is running “to give voters an ethical choice. Some voters, like myself, cannot vote in good conscience for either of the two major parties, which are funded and controlled by oligarchs who are willing to sacrifice our country and the world to their greed.
“The Green Party in Oregon, in the USA, and internationally, offers an alternative based on the principles of democratic participation, respect for human rights, ecological wisdom and nonviolence. The worldwide Green movement can bring about the changes to our political, economic and social life to create a sustainable future. By voting for Greens, citizens register their commitment to that future.”
Beilstein said he does not plan to spend any money on the campaign, except for incidental expenses such as the costs of transportation to attend events.
“My major campaign goals were to have my name on the ballot as a Green and to have a candidate statement in the state voters’ pamphlet,” Beilstein said.
Beilstein said he avoided the $2,500 campaign statement filing fee by gathering 300 signatures from supporters.