Alek Skarlatos has announced he will be taking on Peter Defazio (D) for U.S. House District 4 in November of 2020, where Defazio has served since 1987. Defazio is seen as serving the interests of New York and California Democrats instead of the needs of his constituents. Many central and southern Oregon residents feel Defazio has abandoned them for the higher profile Democrats in Washington.
Alex Skarlatos was made famous when he and two other U.S. Service Members stopped a terrorist attack aboard a Paris train in 2015. Subsequently Clint Eastwood directed a film and used Skarlatos to play himself in a portrayal of the event. Skarlatos was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by Governor Kate Brown and has been vocal in his support for Oregon veterans, loggers, and working Moms and Dads.
Written by Stephan Ball