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David Taylor withdraws from District 30 race

David Taylor, a candidate for House District 30 and the first person to file to run for the state Legislature as an Independent Party candidate, announced Jan. 16 he is withdrawing from the race.

Taylor is the only candidate to file so far to run against two-term incumbent Joe Gallegos, a Democrat, in the May primary. House District 30 covers much of North Hillsboro, North Plains and parts of western Washington County, east of Banks. Gallegos has filed for re-election.

Taylor, a Hillsboro resident, registered as an Independent, he said, because neither the Democratic or Republican parties in Washington County were interested in running him as a candidate. He considers himself an “Eisenhower Republican,” a social liberal and a fiscal conservative, he said in his letter announcing he’s withdrawing from the race.

“I have said from the beginning of my campaign that I was a reluctant Independent,” Taylor noted. “I am appreciative of the avenue of opportunity the IPO [Independent Party of Oregon] offered me to take part in the political process, however after careful consideration I have decided to take a different direction for myself, my family and my community.”

Taylor said he will register as a Republican and will now work to further Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s “New American Century” mission.

“This is not the end, this is only the beginning and I am optimistic for what the future will bring to my district and the state of Oregon,” Taylor wrote.

The deadline is March 8 to file to run for state office in the May 17 primary election.

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