In the race for House District 1, most of the attention has been placed on Democrat Suzanne Bonamici and Republican Rob Cornilles. There are, however, two other people also on the special election ballot. Earlier this week we looked at James Foster, the Libertarian candidate. Today we look at Steven (Cody) Reynolds, the Progressive candidate.
Cody is a former Army Lieutenant from SE Portland, currently an unemployed disabled veteran, but in the past he worked for First Metropolitan Mortgage and ER Jung. He also spent a year teaching in China. He graduated from the USMA at West Point with a bachelor’s degree. He is a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Veterans for Peace, and has lived in Portland since age 18.
He is running for Congress because he feels that Congress no longer respects the citizenry, and instead focuses on personal gains and wealth in exchange for campaign donations from special interests. To that end, he limits all contributions to his campaign to $50 each. He believes it is the duty of all Americans to serve their country in some capacity, and though he was medically honorably discharged from the military, he still has more to give. He supports the Occupy Portland movement and the Move to Amend Portland because he wants to end social and economic inequality, and end the personhood of corporations.
Cody holds to his USMA oath of “Duty, honor, country.” He wants to put people to work right away to address the national infrastructure issues by using programs similar to FDR’s, thus creating family wage jobs. He also wants to rid the “dysfunctional political system” of corporate cash.
He says his opponents are more of the same, believing Rob Cornilles is a wealthy person disconnected from how most Oregonians live, and that Suzanne Bonamici has taken thousands of dollars in donations from corporate law firms. Cody is proud to not be a politician, but rather to have “real-world” experiences on which to draw.
Recommended article – Candidate profile – James Foster, Libertarian.