Dr. Sami Al-Abdrabbuh Joins Race to Replace DeFazio

Correction: In our original article, we had the original date for the kickoff event. The date has been changed to Friday, Jan. 21.

Our current chair for the Corvallis School Board – Dr. Sami Al-Abdrabbuh – has tossed his hat into the race for the Democratic nomination for Oregon’s 4th Congressional District. District 4 includes the Southern Coastal areas of Oregon, including Benton, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Josephine, Lane, and Linn counties, and has been represented by retiring Rep. Peter DeFazio for over three decades.  

Al-Abdrabbuh, aka Dr. Sami, has been a Corvallis mainstay for years as a student at Oregon State University, an engineer and teacher, and a community leader. In his announcement, he says that he will work “to ensure the people of Oregon’s 4th congressional district have universal health care, free education for all, a Green New Deal, and an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy.”  

Al-Abdrabbuh ran for the District 16 seat on the Oregon State of Representatives in 2016, placing third with 16% of the vote. At that time, he ran as a Progressive, and lost to now Rep. Dan Rayfield – whom he later sat down with for a cup of coffee.  

We asked Dr. Sami why he chose to run again.   

“All around Oregon we can expect any day to be breathing smoke and evacuated out of our houses due to the fires that result from the changing climate,” he said. “Our economy is shutting down. DeFazio has laid down the foundations to build a greener, safer, and prosperous country. All we need for Congress to start doing its job for the good of all people. We have the tools to both fight the virus and create a Green New Deal.” 

On a more personal level, Al-Abdrabbuh talks from his current perspective from the school board.  

“I’m running because as a school board leader I already create local solutions for national problems,” he said. “I am running because I am going to get where we need to be before it’s too late. We need our children to be able breath clean air, get the education they deserve, and have a future they believe in.”  

To kick off his campaign and offer residents a chance to get to know him better, Al-Abdrabbuh will be hosting a free kickoff party on Friday, Jan. 21 at 7:00 p.m. Due to the pandemic, the party will be held via Zoom, so if you’d like to attend, please register. 

He is running against Val Hoyle, Andrew Kalloch, and Zachary Mulholland for the Democratic Party’s nomination. Running for the Republican nomination is Alek Skarlatos. 

By Sally K Lehman