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Unger undecided about shift to county role

State Rep. Ben Unger has not yet decided whether to run for re-election or another office when his first term in the Legislature ends in 2014.

The Hillsboro Democrat said this week that other possible races include the Oregon State Senate seat held by Republican Bruce Starr and the Washington County Board of Commissioners chairman seat held by Andy Duyck.

“There are a lot of rumors circulating out there, including re-election, the Senate and Washington County Commission. I’m still figuring out what I’m going to do,” said Unger.

Starr, who represents Senate District 15, has not formally announced for re-election but began raising campaign funds immediately after the end of the 2013 Oregon Legislature.

Duyck announced that he would run for re-election last week.

Unger, a political consultant, defeated Republican state Rep. Katie Eyre to win the House District 29 seat in 2012. Among other things, he pushed to dedicate 40 percent of the state Gain Share funds intended for governments in Washington County to school districts. The effort died after Duyck and Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey agreed to commit $5 million of the funds a year to school districts in the county.

Willey denies rumors circulating within political circles that he is considering running against Duyck.

“I’ve heard that, but it’s absolutely not true,” Willey said.

Unger currently has around $22,000 in his campaign account. Starr has about $5,000 and Duyck has approximately $12,000.



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