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OREGON NEWS: With lines still uncertain, congressional hopefuls slow to announce campaigns

SALEM - In the week since the Oregon Legislature eked out new congressional maps, would-be candidates have largely stayed mum about their potential campaigns.

A handful of candidates have already announced their campaigns, but no one can officially file to run for Congress or the state Legislature until after the new maps take effect. Candidates for other offices were able to start filing Sept. 9. Critics have the opportunity to force changes to the new maps through lawsuits, though none has yet been filed. 

Challenges to the congressional plan that created the state’s 6th House District must be filed in Marion County Circuit Court by Tuesday, Oct. 12, and a panel of five retired judges would rule on those challenges. Those judges could end up creating their own map, or reaffirm the Legislature’s decision, in which case the state Supreme . . .