King City becomes part of district in January 2013

Republican candidate John Davis handily won the Oregon House District 26 seat in the Legislature against Democratic challenger Wynne Wakkila in the Nov. 6 election.

"I'm obviously very pleased," said Davis, a Wilsonville resident, a day after the election.

A Portland attorney specializing in business and real estate law, Davis said the main issues he hopes to address include education, transportation funding and economic development.

"For our district, education is key," he said.

Davis pointed out that the Oregon Institute of Technology's Wilsonville branch is an example of an excellent school that has to deal with funding cuts every legislative session.

At the same time, Davis said infrastructure such as roads is also important to him, noting that Tualatin-Sherwood Road is a "quagmire" to drive through.

Davis' district is sprawling, taking in Sherwood and Wilsonville while touching portions of Hillsboro (by Century High School) and the unincorporated areas of Scholls and Hazeldale. During a recent redistricting effort, District 26 added King City to its boundaries while relinquishing the Charbonneau area of Wilsonville.

A West Linn High School graduate, Davis spent a year working in Southern California for AmeriCorps for a Police Activities League. He graduated summa cum laude from George Fox University and later graduated with a law degree from Willamette University College of Law where he was valedictorian.

House District 26 has long been a Republican stronghold, and is currently occupied by Republican Matt Wingard. Wingard decided not to run for re-election amid allegations that he pressured a former aide into having sex, which he has denied during interviews with several news groups.

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