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Alek Skarlatos will run for Douglas County commissioner

The local and national hero announced on Tuesday night that he will be running for the seat vacated by Gary Leif.

Posted: May 16, 2018 5:56 PM
Updated: May 17, 2018 8:23 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Roseburg hero Alek Skarlatos has announced he is running for the Douglas County Commissioner seat left vacant by now-State Representative Gary Leif.

Skarlatos said he’s been wanting to get involved in politics since he was a little kid.

Now, with Gary Leif vacating his commissioner’s seat, Skarlatos says he’s found the perfect opportunity to step up.

With encouragement from Senator Dallas Heard, Skarlatos decided he would run.

He said he’s had several life opportunities come around recently, making it easier for him to transition over to politics.

He has been touring as a public speaker for his main source of income and recently starred in the Clint Eastwood movie "The 15:17 to Paris" about his real-life story of helping stop a terrorist attack on a French train in 2015.

Skarlatos said he’s very conservative and wants to work for a limited government, lower taxes, and more trade jobs.

“I just think we need more industrial jobs and more trade jobs in Douglas County to help people find work. Employed people is what brings in taxes. I don’t believe it’s raising taxes or anything of that nature.”

Skarlatos said he still has a lot of work to do: getting his team together and getting up to date on the local political process.

But, he’s looking forward to the November vote.

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