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Republican files to run against Monnes Anderson


A Gresham dentist is challenging Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, for her senate seat.

Scott Hansen, a Republican, filed Dec. 20 to run for the Senate District 25 seat during the May 2012 primary election. The district encompasses the cities of Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale, Wood Village and a small part of unincorporated Clackamas County.

A local dentist and lifelong Gresham resident, Hansen cited his deep personal commitment to his community as the reason he's running for public office.

'I've spent my life building a business, raising a family and giving back to our community,' he said in a prepared statement. 'Now, more than ever, I recognize the need for experienced and pragmatic leadership in Salem. That is why I have decided to ask the people of my community for the honor of representing them in our State Senate.'

Hansen graduated from Gresham High School before joining the Navy in 1984. He served until 1990 and also served on the Gresham Grade School Board from 1991 to 1992. Hansen attended Brigham Young University, earned his doctorate in dentistry from Oregon Health and Sciences University and has worked as a dentist in Gresham for more than 21 years.

He also has served on the Gresham-Barlow School District Budget Committee and the district's Education Foundation Board.

Monnes Anderson also has filed to run for a third term as East Multnomah County's senator. She was elected to the Oregon Senate in 2004 after serving two terms as a representative for District 50. Most recently, she was chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Health Care, Human Services and Rural Health Policy.

She, like Hansen, also is a long-time Gresham resident and Gresham High School graduate. She is a retired public health nurse and manager.