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Ericksen announces write-in campaign

Latecomer Larry Ericksen hopes to give voters a choice for House District 31


EricksenLarry Ericksen of Scappoose announced Wednesday, May 7, he is running as a write-in candidate in the May 20 primary election to be Republican nominee for Oregon House Representative District 31.

Ericksen is hoping to offer an alternative to incumbent Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie.

“After much thought and deliberation, I’ve decided to pursue a write-in campaign for the Republican nomination for House District 31,” Ericksen said. “I believe that voters deserve a choice this November, and I plan to run a spirited campaign.”

Given his late announcement, considering ballots for the May 20 primary have already been mailed, Ericksen said he will largely be campaigning through email lists.

“What we’re doing is putting out press releases,” he said. “The main approach is an extensive email list of Republican liberty supporters.”

Ericksen continued, “It’s just a matter of getting the word out and getting people to write my name in. After that it’s a fun-spirited debate and election and we’ll do our best to represent the people of House District 31.”

Ericksen and his wife have owned and operated Mossbarger Photography in Scappoose since 1996. He has served two terms as president of Professional Photographers of Oregon and has volunteered at Scappoose High School, teaching photography.

In 2012, Ericksen was elected as an Oregon delegate to the Republican National Committee. He currently serves as a precinct committee person with the Columbia County Republican Central Committee and is a local delegate to the Oregon Republican Party.

Ericksen said he was recruited by Art Robinson, Chariman of the Oregon Republican Party, as well as Jon Antonie, chair of Columbia County’s Oregon Republican Party.

House District 31 includes all of Columbia County and parts of Washington and Multnomah counties. It encompasses the communities of St. Helens, Scappoose, Bethany, Vernonia, Clatskanie and Rainier.

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