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Hometown hero and movie star runs for Douglas County Commissioner

In this Sept. 11, 2015, file Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, left, from Roseburg, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, center, and Anthony Sadler attend a parade held to honor the three Americans who stopped a gunman on a Paris-bound passenger train, in Sacramento, Calif. [AP Photo/Carl Costas, File]

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A hometown hero and movie star is now running for Douglas County Commissioner.

In Douglas County, the name Alek Skarlatos rings a bell with most people. Skarlatos shot to international fame when he and two of his friends stopped a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in 2015.

Now, he's running for County Commissioner.

"There's just so much going on right now with the budget, the lack of timber, and just so many issues facing our country," said Skarlatos. "We're kind of in a dire spot that I just felt that I kind of had to help out in whatever way I could."

Skarlatos is 25-years-old, and he has no political experience, but says his age could bring a new perspective.

"Turn our country around and have it be a place where young people move to instead of move away from," said Skarlatos.

Skarlatos hopes to bring more jobs back to Douglas County, but he doesn't want his fame to get in the way of the issues.

"I don't think I should be elected just because I didn't want to die on a train two and a half years ago," said Skarlatos.

If elected, Skarlatos would fill the vacated seat of former Douglas County Commissioner Gary Leif, who resigned when he was appointed to the State Legislature.


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