The Wilsonville Republican edges out challenger Wynne Wakkila

Republican candidate John Davis handily won a seat in Oregon House District 26 House 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.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - John Davis 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, Wilsonville while touching portions of Hillsboro (by Century High School) and unincorporated areas of Scholls and Hazeldale. During recent redistricting effort, District 26 took in King City while relinquishing the Charbonneau area.

A West Linn High School graduate, Davis spent a year working in Southern California for AmeriCorps, working 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 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.

— Ray Pitz

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