OREGON (CBS13) — Hometown hero Alek Skarlatos is one step closer to becoming a member of congress.

He beat out a computer engineer in Oregon’s primary election Tuesday night. 

The 27-year-old Republican is best known for stopping a would-be terrorist on a Paris-bound train in 2015 with two of his friends from Sacramento, Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone.

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The veteran will square off against a Democrat, who has served the district for 33 years, in November’s general election.

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