The major party candidates to replace Oregon's former First Congressional District Rep. David Wu—Democrat Suzanne Bonamici and Republican Rob Cornilles—have captured most of the media attention and donor support
also took the time last week to interview the third-party
candidates in the race who will also appear on the ballot for the Jan. 31 special election: Progressive Party candidate Steven Cody Reynolds
of Portland and Libertarian Party candidate
Foster, pictured right, is a software engineer and Seventh-day Adventist who says his political beliefs are in line with his party's Presidential nominee, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson
. He is a "pure" Libertarian—arguing, for instance, that the federal government ought to encourage competing currencies
Reynolds, pictured above, is an unemployed former office administrator and expat English teacher who was recruited to carry the Progressive platform in the Congressional race.
As we learned in our interview, Reynolds' résumé carries a distinction many candidates would omit:
He is probably the only West Point graduate to run for Congress after getting busted in Tennessee while attempting to smuggle 11 lbs. of weed across the country.
Reynolds says his chief qualification for the job is his willingness to tell the truth. Here's how he related the story of his felony drug bust in our interview last week: