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Tim Osmar, left, of Ninilchik, Alaska, who drove his dog team in front of Rachael Scdoris, right, as her visual interpreter during the Iditarod Trial Sled Dog Race, stands with Scdoris at the finishMarch 18, 2006, in Nome, Alaska. Scdoris, who now goes by the last name of Scdoris-Salerno and has competed in four of Alaska's Iditarod sled-dog races, announced she will be running for congress. The 32-year-old Democrat filed paperwork Monday to run for Oregon's Second Congressional District seat against incumbent Republican Greg Walden. [AP Photo/Al Grillo, File]

Legally blind sled-dog racer plans to challenge 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 had been 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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