Oregon Republican Alek Skarlatos, a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard, is seeking a rematch against Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) in the state’s battleground Fourth Congressional District for next year’s midterm elections.
Skarlatos, known for helping stop a heavily armed attacker on a Paris-bound train in 2015, announced his second consecutive bid for office Sunday on Fox & Friends, saying he believes that redistricting in Oregon, which gained one additional congressional seat this year because of a population increase, will help him in his campaign.
“We’re incredibly excited,” Skarlatos said. “Oregon is one of the six states that is gaining a congressional district, and even though Oregon is a deep blue state, that’s going to make it almost impossible for them to keep Peter DeFazio in office once the lines move.”
Skarlatos, 28, lost his election to DeFazio in 2020 by five points, but the race was the closest the