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Devlin backers vote to keep him in Salem

by: Lake Oswego Review, Richard Devlin

According to election returns Friday morning Tualatin Democrat Richard Devlin handily won re-election to the Senate District 19 seat over challengers, Republican David Newell, West Linn, and Libertarian Marc Delphine, Tigard.

The district includes Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin and portions of Southwest Portland.

Voters just 'wanted to hear a positive message,' Devlin said Tuesday evening from the Benson Hotel in Portland as he and other Democrats watched election returns come in.

By rejecting Ballot Measures 41 and 48 - which would have limited state spending and cut millions from Oregon's general fund budget - voters said they wanted legislators to deal responsibly with problems, Devlin said.

'They want people sent to Salem to do the right thing,' he said. 'They're just tired of the constant barrage of partisan bickering. They want us to go to Salem and do the job.'

Devlin has spent the last 10 years in the Oregon Legislature, serving in the House from 1997 to 2002 and in the Senate since 2003. Prior to that he served six years on the Metro Council and four years on the Tualatin City Council.

The returns as of Friday morning showed Devlin with 29,142 votes, compared to 17,076 for Newell and 1,126 for Delphine.

Devlin, who is a strong supporter of education, is a a member of the Senate's Joint Ways and Means Committee and chair of that group's sub-committee on education.

Democrats will retain control of the Senate, even though two key races were still up for grabs on Wednesday. Going into the election, the Democrats held 17 Senate seats compared to 11 for the Republicans and two independents.