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UPDATE: Doctor says he's running for Congress

Posted: August 8, 2011 12:41 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2011 12:41 p.m.

A San Fernando Valley-area doctor announced Monday he is running for Congress in California’s 25th District, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley.

The move would pit Dr. Lee Rogers against incumbent Republican Howard “Buck” McKeon.

Rogers is a podiatrist and the medical director of the Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, according to his announcement of candidacy. He is also a published author and speaker on research and health policy, his announcement said.

He reportedly recently left a national position with the American Diabetes Association directing education and advocacy in preventing amputations in diabetes.

Rogers did not return a phone call Monday, and his announcement of candidacy did not mention his political party.

The 25th Congressional District, currently represented by McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, runs northeast from the Santa Clarita Valley to the Nevada state line, and from there northward up the Owens Valley.

A proposed new map of the district that remains to be finalized this year would consolidate the Santa Clarita Valley with the Antelope Valley and other traditionally conservative voting areas.

Noting the extreme Republican demographic of the proposed district, McKeon has already announced he is running for re-election in November 2012.

“I feel compelled to run because our government is paralyzed by partisanship and is dominated by career politicians who would rather score points by playing ‘chicken’ with each other while important deadlines approach, instead of coming together to fix problems,” Rogers said in his statement.

Saying he defends Medicare and supports ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rogers said Americans need a Congress with the “right priorities.”

“Washington has been irresponsible with our money; now they want the burden of this debt to fall solely on the backs of the middle class, the poor and our seniors,” Rogers said.


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