In this March 7 2009, file photo, Rachael Scdoris, from Bend, drives her team down Fourth Avenue with Yvonne Ooten in the sled during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod race in Anchorage, Alaska. [Al Grillo/AP]

Legally blind sled-dog racer plans to run against Walden

BEND — A legally blind woman who has competed in four of Alaska's Iditarod sled-dog races has announced she will be running for congress.

KTVZ-TV reports ( ) 32-year-old Democrat Rachael Scdoris-Salerno filed paperwork Monday to run for Oregon's Second Congressional District seat.

Scdoris-Salerno plans to unseat incumbent Rep. Greg Walden. She says she is frustrated with politicians representing special interests.

Scdoris-Salerno was born with an uncorrectable visual disorder. She has competed in the Paralympics in tandem cycling and has worked much of her life at her father's sled-dog ride business at Mt. Bachelor.

She bought the business from her father two years ago.

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