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Complaint alleges GOP candidate Rich Vial lives outside HD 26

RICHARD VIALDoes Richard Vial live in the district he wants to represent in the Oregon Legislature?

If he doesn’t live in House District 26, the Republican nominee could run afoul of state election law.

That question came into sharp focus Monday when the Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins' office received a complaint alleging he does not — and asking that Vial be declared ineligible to “appear on the November 2016 general election ballot.”

Molly Woon, Atkins’ spokeswoman, said Tuesday that the secretary of state had received a written complaint from Kathleen Stuart, executive director of FuturePAC, the campaign arm of the Oregon House Democrats. The complaint, a public document first obtained by The Oregonian Monday morning, is under investigation, Woon said.

House District 26 is a far-reaching district stretching from Hillsboro south to Sherwood and Wilsonville. Republicans have controlled the HD 26 seat for the last decade. Current occupant John Davis (R-Wilsonville) is not seeking re-election. Matt Wingard of Wilsonville, also a Republican, held the seat before Davis, though during part of that time it had different boundaries.



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