McDonald’s Franchise Owner, Championed by Democratic Elite, Secures Vital Primary Win: Congress’s Fate Hangs in the Balance


Janelle Bynum, Oregon State Representative, has won the Democratic Primary for Oregon’s Fifth Congressional District. She will face Republican incumbent Lori Chavez DeRemer in the fall.

Bynum beat Jamie McLeod Skinner to advance to the next round of voting, where he will face Chavez DeRemer. This election is expected to be a decisive one in determining which party has control of Congress.

McLeod Skinner, a longtime Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader, lost to Chavez DeRemer by a small margin in 2022. He ran on the left as a progressive.


Tina Kotek and three U.S. House Democrats have endorsed Bynum.

According to the Associated Press, Ben Gaskins is a professor of political science at Lewis & Clark College. He claimed that the 5th Oregon district was a swing district for both parties.

“I don’t know if Democrats will give priority to electability in the future. ”

Bynum, who is a native of Washington, D.C., was elected to the Oregon House in 2016. She served on the chamber’s Small Business Committee. Bynum also owns four McDonald’s Franchises.


The 5th congressional district of Oregon includes the entire Linn County, as well as most of Clackamas and Marion counties. Multnomah County and Multnomah are also included.

Chavez-DeRemer was the first female Republican to represent Oregon in the U.S. House. She has no primary opponent.