Two Ds to vie for House District 29
- Christian Gaston
- Forest Grove News-Times - News
Katie Riley will try again for a job in Salem and Ben Unger is exploring a run in the primary as well
Two Democrats seem ready to compete for a chance at challenging Republican State Rep. Katie Eyre, of Hillsboro.
Hillsboro Democrat Katie Riley, who lost to Eyre in the 2010 race filed to run in the May 2012 primary last week.
But she may not be alone.
Political activist and Cornelius native Ben Unger has formed a political action committee.
If Unger jumps into the race, the primary could draw significant political interest.
While Riley is the wife of former State Rep. Chuck Riley, Unger has worked on a number of statewide campaigns, including that of Attorney General John Kroger.
Unger didn't return a Tuesday phone call or e-mail seeking comment on his political plans.
Riley, a professor emeritus at Oregon Health and Science University, has already set up a web site for her run. In 2010, Riley lost to Eyre by 6 percentage points.
But even if Unger doesn't jump into the race, there's no guarantee the race will be an absolute rematch.
Redistricting has changed the shape of the district, adding portions of the rural area north of Forest Grove and Cornelius to the boundary, and removing the western edge of Forest Grove.