Newberg woman files to challenge Thatcher

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A Newberg caterer and Democratic activist has filed to run against Rep. Kim Thatcher.

Sharon Freeman filed paperwork Tuesday. She’s the only Democrat who has entered the race. Thatcher, R–Keizer, was first elected in 2004, and is seeking her fifth term.

“The main thing is jobs and growth for our region here has sort of stagnated,” Freeman said. “I’d like to help that along. We need jobs and direction for getting business into Yamhill County. It needs to be managed growth, but we just need some help here.”

Freeman holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in liberal arts from the University of Texas at Tyler. A San Diego native, she moved with her husband to Yamhill County in 2003.

She traces her party involvement back to George McGovern’s presidential bid in 1972 and managed Sal Peralta’s legislative campaign in 2006.

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