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Fairview native Will Fisher seeks representative job as Democrat in Texas 26th district.

COURTESY PHOTO - Will Fisher A former Oregon resident and Sam Barlow High School graduate is running for the U.S. House of Representatives' 26th District of Texas in an effort to "turn his new home state blue."

Will Fisher never planned on running for Congress, but recent turmoil at the national level led him to reconsider.

"Like so many others, I woke up on Nov. 9 in shock from the direction our country had taken," Fisher said in a statement. "I believe we all deserve better than the representation our current leaders are providing, and by working together, we can elect representatives who reflect our shared values."

Republican Michael Burgess occupies the seat on which Fisher has set his sights. The challenger has traveled throughout the district meeting voters face-to-face while trying to encourage Texans to vote.

Fisher grew up in Gresham, where his mother was a fifth-grade teacher at West Gresham Grade School and his father spent 30 years working for Cascade Corporation in Fairview. He attended Sam Barlow High School and law school at the University of Oregon. He practiced law at Miller Nash LLP for several years before moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2013.

Fisher said he is blessed to have such strong Oregonian roots.

"I came to Texas for economic opportunities, but soon learned that what made Texas so special was its people," Fisher said. "I'm proud to fight alongside my neighbors for our shared values."

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