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Mike Erickson
Born January 27, 1963 (1963-01-27) (age 46)
Seattle, Washington
Occupation Founder, AFMS Logistics Management Group
Political party Republican

Mike Erickson (born January 27, 1963[1]) is a businessman and politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. He ran unsuccessfully for two different seats in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1988 and 1992, and was the Republican nominee for the United States House of Representatives in Oregon's 5th congressional district in 2006 (losing to incumbent Darlene Hooley) and in 2008 (losing to Democrat Kurt Schrader).

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Life and career

The son of a police officer, Erickson attended Portland State University where he was a placekicker and punter on Portland State's football team, and still holds the record for career field goals made with 32.[2] Erickson earned a business degree from Portland State in 1987.[3]

After Portland State, he started AFMS Logistics Management Group, which helps companies negotiate competitive shipping contracts. The company made Inc.'s list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the United States twice: in 2004, it was number 319 and in 2005, it was number 350.[4][5]

Early political career

In 1988, Erickson was the Republican candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives seat representing Tigard, but lost to Democrat Tom Brian.[6] In 1992, Erickson again ran for a different Oregon House seat in Southeast Portland, losing to Kate Brown.[7]

In 2006, Erickson was the Republican nominee for the United States House of Representatives seat in Oregon's 5th congressional district against incumbent Democrat Darlene Hooley, who defeated Erickson.

2008 Congressional campaign

In 2008, Hooley announced her retirement from the House.[8] Once again, Erickson ran for the Republican nomination, as did Republican opponent former gubernatorial candidate Kevin Mannix. In the closing weeks of the Republican primary, Mannix mailed 60,000 of his supporters copies of an email that alleged that in 2000, Erickson, who has campaigned as a pro-life candidate since at least 2006,[9][10] drove his pregnant girlfriend to a Portland abortion clinic and paid for her to have an abortion.[11] The author of the email, a friend of the pregnant woman, originally sent the email in 2006 during Erickson's first congressional campaign, but had declined to give on-the-record interviews at that time. In May 2008, both women were interviewed by the Portland Tribune about the incident.[12] Erickson denied the charges, stating that he drove a former girlfriend named Tawnya to a doctor's appointment and gave her $300, but did not know she was pregnant or had an abortion.[13] In June, The Oregonian published a story based on claims from the woman herself, in which she described the event in more detail.[14]

Despite the controversy, Erickson won the Republican nomination, but Mannix refused to endorse him in the general election,[15] as did Oregon Right to Life.[16] The two Oregon Republican members of Congress, Senator Gordon Smith and Congressman Greg Walden, also declined to endorse Erickson.[17] Erickson lost in the general election to Democrat Kurt Schrader.[18]

References

  1. ^ "U.S. House, Oregon District 5". Washington Post. http://projects.washingtonpost.com/elections/keyraces/726/. Retrieved 2008-05-09.  
  2. ^ "Viking Football Wraps Up 7-4 Season". GoViks.com. http://www.goviks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?temp_site=NO&DB_OEM_ID=19300&ATCLID=1344458&SPID=11189&SPSID=92391. Retrieved 2008-02-18.  
  3. ^ "About Mike". EricksonForCongress.org. http://www.ericksonforcongress.org/. Retrieved 2008-02-18.  
  4. ^ "AFMS". Inc. Magazine. http://www.inc.com/inc5000/2007/company-profile.html?id=2004322. Retrieved 2008-05-17.  
  5. ^ "AFMS". Inc. Magazine. http://www.inc.com/inc5000/2007/company-profile.html?id=2005350. Retrieved 2008-05-17.  
  6. ^ Ota, Alan K (1988-11-09). "Battle rages for House". The Oregonian.  
  7. ^ "Multnomah Co.". The Oregonian. 1992-11-05.  
  8. ^ "Democratic Rep. Darlene Hooley Won't Seek Re-Election". FOXnews.com. 02-07-2008. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,329525,00.html.  
  9. ^ "Mike's GOP Credentials". EricksonForCongress.org. http://www.ericksonforcongress.org/Erickson_GOPcredentials6.pdf. Retrieved 2008-05-15.  
  10. ^ Mayes, Steve (2006-10-12). "Hooley faces big-spending challenger". The Oregonian.  
  11. ^ Kraushaar, Josh (2008-05-14). "Oregon GOP Primary Gets Personal". cbsnews.com. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/05/14/politics/politico/thecrypt/main4095290.shtml. Retrieved 2008-05-15.  
  12. ^ Law, Steve (2008-05-12). "Woman says Erickson paid for abortion". Portland Tribune. http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=121064920156470100. Retrieved 2008-05-15.  
  13. ^ Mayes, Steve (2008-05-16). "Erickson answers Mannix's accusation". The Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/metrosouth/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/metro_south_news/1210902919170560.xml&coll=7. Retrieved 2008-06-10.  
  14. ^ Har, Janie (2008-06-23). "Oregon City woman details abortion, relationship with Mike Erickson". The Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/printer/printer.ssf?/base/news/1214184327223290.xml&coll=7. Retrieved 2008-06-23.  
  15. ^ Kraushaar, Josh (2008-05-21). "Mannix refuses to endorse Erickson". CBSNews.com. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/05/21/politics/politico/thecrypt/main4114938.shtml. Retrieved 2008-06-10.  
  16. ^ Frazier, Joseph (2008-05-15). "Oregon Right to Life calls on Erickson to drop out of GOP race". KGW Northwest News Channel 8. http://www.kgw.com/news-local/stories/kgw_051508_politics_erickson_right_to_life_drop_ou.104026478.html. Retrieved 2008-06-23.  
  17. ^ Baer, April (2008-04-29). "With Primary Behind Them, 5th District Contenders Prepare For November". OPB.org. http://news.opb.org/article/2205-primary-behind-them-5th-district-contenders-prepare-november/.  
  18. ^ "Schrader wins 5th District". OregonLive.com. 2008-11-04. http://www.oregonlive.com/special/index.ssf/2008/11/fifth.html. Retrieved 2008-11-04.  

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