Suzanne Bonamici was here Monday. Brad Avakian will be here in three weeks. And no doubt we’ll see Brad Witt shortly as well.

These are the principal Democratic candidates for the congressional position vacated by David Wu. There are five other Democrats in the race. But the experience, visibility and money behind these names make them the principal candidates. On the Republican side, there is Rob Cornilles, who won the Republican nomination to face Wu in the 2010 election. Before many weeks pass, we’ll see him as well.

We, the voters of the 1st Congressional District, have a rare opportunity – to hit the restart button. On the whole, the principal Republican and Democratic candidates are credible. It is not like the Republican presidential primary contest, with contenders in the you’ve-got-to-be-kidding category.

In addition to covering each Clatsop County appearance by the House candidates, The Daily Astorian will devote two installments of the KMUN-FM interview show After Deadline to the major primary election candidates in the House race.

There will be opportunities for all of us to see these candidates up close. We will keep you posted.