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Democratic House candidate drops out

Hillsboros Adriana Cañas faced questions over personal bankruptcies


Democrats' dreams of taking back the Oregon House were disrupted by a recurring nightmare this week as they once again start the summer without a candidate in a key Washington County legislative district.

On Tuesday, Adriana Cañas dropped out of the race in House District 30, two weeks after Willamette Week newspaper reported that she twice has filed for bankruptcy.

Cañas, a member of the Hillsboro School Board, said in a prepared statement that she did not want to "put my family through the challenges of a negative campaign that is not focused on the issues that matter, but instead my financial background."

Running unopposed, Cañas won the Democratic nomination on May 15 and with her connections to the Latino community and experience on the public school board seemed poised to mount a serious challenge to Republican incumbent Shawn Lindsay.

But on June 7, Willamette Week reported that Cañas filed for bankruptcy in 2004 and again earlier this year. She told the paper that she and her husband paid back all the debts from the first bankruptcy. She filed bankruptcy again this year in what she described as an effort to save her father's home in California and that matter is still pending.

Cañas' abrupt withdrawl means that Washington County Democrats will need to appoint someone to run in the fall race. Two years ago, incumbent Democratic Rep. David Edwards withdrew from the race in early July, citing family health issues. Democrats picked Banks high school teacher Doug Ainge to face Republic Shawn Lindsay in the fall election. Lindsay, a Portland lawyer, won easily with 53 percent of the vote.

House District 30 stretches from the Tanasbourne area in Hillsboro to Verboort, catching most of the rural properties north of Cornelius and Forest Grove. Democrats hold a voter registration edge over Republicans (11,600 to 9,800) but a significant number of voters (nearly 8,000) are not affiliated with any party.