VIDEO: Interview with 3rd Congressional District incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler

The Republican candidate sits down with Chris Brown to talk about the upcoming election, and her goals if re-elected

CLARK COUNTY — If Jaime Herrera Beutler is going to win a fifth term as Washington’s 3rd Congressional District representative, she’ll have to overcome her most daunting opponent yet. We’re not talking about WSU Vancouver political science professor Carolyn Long, although she has proven to be a formidable challenger to the incumbent Republican. We’re talking about what could be the most politically charged midterm elections in recent memory.

It’s tempting to say the 3rd Congressional District has slowly trended towards the blue as Vancouver and Clark County populations have grown. But the Southwest Washington district has, historically, walked the line between Democrat and Republican. Herrera Beutler followed Brian Baird, a Democrat, after Baird retired in 2011. Baird followed Linda Smith, a two-term Republican.

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler talked with this week, ahead of the November election. Photo by Mike Schultz
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler talked with this week, ahead of the November election. Photo by Mike Schultz

So far Herrera Beutler has managed to hold onto her seat since winning in 2010 with at least 60 percent of the vote in each election. But a recent New York Times poll showed her with just a seven percentage vote lead over Long, 48 to 41 percent, with 11 percent still undecided.

Long has played up her political outsider status, even including a recipe for rhubarb jam on her campaign website. Despite that, Long has actually managed to raise more money than Herrera Beutler. According to, Long has raised over a million dollars more than the incumbent. She has also received more small donations than Herrera Beutler.

At a League of Women Voters forum during the primary, Long said she had vowed not to take corporate donations as part of her campaign. The Open Secrets page does list donations from Nike, Microsoft,, and others. Herrera Beutler’s top corporate donations came from DaVita, Weyerhaeuser, and Fisher Investments.

NOTE: Candidate Long was offered the chance to also sit down with for a one-on-one interview. We were told that her schedule would not allow it. You can see comments from Long at a previous forum in Woodland where she and Herrera Beutler answered questions. was there. You can also watch an interview conducted by Marvin Case for with both candidates here.

You can view Jaime Herrera Beutler’s campaign page here.


About The Author

Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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