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The Fight for Congress: Oregon’s 4thCongressional District

Candidates:   Peter DeFazio, Art Robinson. Mike Beilstein

Moderator:    Angela Kellner, KLCC

Date:               Friday, October 19, 2018

Time:             12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location:       UO Academic Extension at the Baker Center

975 High Street

Eugene, OR 97401


Coordinator:   Joel Korin and the AARP


There is a crucial battle for control of Congress in 2018.  The City Club of Eugene, the League of Women Voters of Lane county and the AARP are proud to present this forum with the candidate for Oregon’s Congressional District 4.   These candidates have widely divergent views on the issues and the proposed solutions to the problems facing the country.  Come out and hear a lively, but civil, discussion.. These candidates have faced each other in the past: it has always been exciting.


Peter DeFazio (Democrat)was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986 and has served continuously since then. He is the dean of the Oregon House delegation. DeFazio has served as a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee since 1987.  In 2014, DeFazio was elected to the powerful position of Ranking Member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Coast Guard, highways and transit, water resources, railroads, aviation, and economic development.

Art Robinson(Republican) is a retired chemist earning his PhD in chemistry from the, University of California at San Diego. He was the President, Research Director, and co-founder of Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, 1973-1978 and the President and Research Director of Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, 1980-present.  He served as Chairman of Oregon Republican Party, and the Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in Oregon District 4 in 2010, through 2016.

Mike Beilstein(Pacific Green)  
is a retired research chemist who worked for Oregon State University, John Hopkins University and the Medical College of Virginia.  He served as a Peace Corp volunteer in Lesotho, South Africa.   He is the Pacific Green Party candidate, having been nominated at their convention in June.  He represents the core values of the Pacific Green Party: sustainability, social justice, nonviolence and democratic participation.  He served for 12 years on the Corvallis City Council.