GOLD BEACH — Tamie Kaufman, a Gold Beach city councilor and property manager, will be the Libertarian Party of Oregon's candidate to represent Oregon House District 1 this November.
Her opponents are Democrat Terry Brayer, a retired corrections official, and Republican David Brock Smith, a Curry County commissioner and restaurateur.
An announcement of Kaufman's Libertarian candidacy said, "She is a fiscal conservative that hates to waste tax dollars and a social liberal that believes that government should stop worrying about people’s private business.
"The main issues voters have shared are about housing, the economy, health care, (especially the failed mental health system of care) and criminal justice."
Kaufman, a longtime Republican Party volunteer, claimed Smith and retiring incumbent Rep. Wayne Krieger maneuvered to prevent her from filing in the Republican primary. Krieger has denied the charge, saying Smith is more qualified for the office than Kaufman.
Kaufman has filed a campaign finance complaint against Smith, saying he didn't declare some expenses. The state's election office hasn't yet reviewed Smith's response to the complaint, said Molly Woon, a representative of the secretary of state's office.