By CORI BOLGER
Incumbent two-term Democrat Greg Macpherson defeated Republican Fred Bremner Tuesday in the Oregon General Election to retain his spot in the state Legislature.
Macpherson, an employee benefits attorney, will once again represent House District 38, which includes Lake Oswego and a portion of southwest Portland.
Unofficial voting results as of Friday morning indicated that Macpherson nabbed 69 percent of votes (17,527), while Bremner claimed 31 percent (7,949).
'I'm honored to be re-elected for another term to the Oregon House, and I appreciate the confidence District 38 voters have shown to my work to this point,' Macpherson said Wednesday.
The vote tally brought the quiet race between Macpherson and Bremner, a periodontist who lives in Lake Oswego, to an equally undramatic close. Neither candidate made much of an effort to campaign or speak out against the other during the race.
Macpherson, a moderate on fiscal and social issues, is enthusiastic about working in a House that has shifted to the control of Democrats.
'I'll be in the majority caucus, and I'll have the possibility of chairing a committee,' he said.
'I look forward to the opportunity to work even more effectively on things that are important for the state.'
Macpherson cited his desire to provide stable funding for essential services, particularly financial support of public education.
'What I appreciated was having a campaign about ideas,' Macpherson said. 'Ultimately that's what politics is about.'
Bremner, whose platform focused on illegal immigration laws, said he decided to run against Macpherson to give the seasoned politician a bit of competition.
'It was the first time I've run in a general election, and I thought it was fun, I enjoyed it,' Bremner said of the race. 'I learned a lot and I'm excited about doing it again in two years … I can say I gave people a choice.'