The competition to challenge embattled U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) in the 1st Congressional District's 2012 Democratic primary is far from over.
As The Oregonian reported this morning, State. Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie) will likely join Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian in taking on Wu. But at least two other Washington County Democrats continue to look at jumping in.
State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Beaverton) declined to discuss her interest in the race with WW. But in private conversation after Avakian made his intentions public, she has let key constituents know that she may run.
Another potential candidate is former state Sen. Ryan Deckert (D-Beaverton), now the president of the Oregon Business Association. Deckert's members, many of the state's largest employers, would form a solid base of support, should he enter the race. His 10 years of legislative service (1997 to 2007) make him a familiar face in the district's population center, Washington County.
"I'm certainly exploring the idea and thinking hard about it," Deckert says. The father of three young children, he must first decide whether his family is ready for a race and then assess his chances against the field and Wu.