Caddy McKeown

State Rep. Caddy McKeown and state Sen. Arnie Roblan talk about the recent state legislature to the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce last year.

Lou Sennick, The World

COOS BAY — Coos Bay's state representative is hoping for a third term.

State Rep. Caddy McKeown, D-Coos Bay, has filed for re-election in House District 9, which includes coastal portions of Coos, Douglas, Lane and Lincoln counties.

“Oregon’s economy is on the mend and that’s great news,” McKeown said in a news release. “But for those of us in rural Oregon, the Great Recession has been going on for a lot longer than seven years. Now is the time for Oregon to re-vitalize our rural economies.”

McKeown chairs the House Interim Committee on Transportation and Economic Development, a committee that faced challenges last year as it tried to get a transportation package passed.

"In the long run, it became clear that the political winds were not there to get this thing done," McKeown said of the failed transportation package in Coos Bay last fall. "The plug was pulled just before the end of the session, and I'm incredibly disappointed that we weren't able to come forward with something that was going to pass muster and receive enough votes to pass the House and Senate."

McKeown was optimistic, though, after a shellfish taskforce was established (she served on the Joint Interim Task Force on Oregon Shellfish), as well as brownfield legislation. She also served on the House Interim Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources and the House Interim Committee on Higher Education, Innovation, and Workforce Development. Last fall, she chaired the WindFloat Pacific Offshore Wind Advisory Committee.

Last session, she was also one of three Oregon House Democrats to vote against a controversial bill that expanded gun background checks in the state.

“My decision came down to casting a vote in a manner that I believe honors our rural lifestyle,” she told The Umpqua Post last year, “and a heritage that certainly defined me as I was growing up. I don’t think only mine, but thousands of Oregonians across the state who live in rural communities who believe that the rural lifestyle has meaning and value.”

McKeown was first elected in November 2012 after serving for nine years as an Oregon International Port of Coos Bay commissioner. She then defeated Casey Runyan, R-Reedsport, in 2014.