Stage set for general election in Senate District 26, House District 52
The stage is set for the Senate District 26 and House District 52 races in the November general election, with nominees selected in the two major parties in Tuesday's primary election.
Senate District 26 Democratic candidate Chrissy Reitz of Hood River drew 5,642 votes. On the Republican side, incumbent Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, had 4,347 votes.
The winner will be decided in the November general election.
Senate District 26 encompasses parts of Hood River, Clackamas and Multnomah counties, including Sandy, Boring and the communities of Mount Hood and East Gresham.
House District 52
Democrats Anna Williams, of Hood River, and Aurora del Val, Cascade Locks, appeared side-by-side on the ballot, although del Val had pulled her candidacy on April 9 in a shocking withdrawal during the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce candidates forum.
Though del Val has exited the race, she received 916 votes. Williams received 3,200 votes.
On the Republican side, incumbent Rep. Jeff Helfrich, R-Hood River, brought in 2,460 votes. Helfrich was appointed to complete the unexpired term of Republican Mark Johnson, who resigned midterm to take a job as a business lobbyist.
Helfrich's chief of staff, Brandy Ethridge-Lipke, spoke on Helfrich's behalf as the ballot counts were first reported at 8 p.m.
"The general election is not about me running against someone — it's about me fighting for our district," Ethridge-Lipke relayed from Helfrich. "Fighting for education and economic development — ensuring that the backbone of our economy — small businesses — do not get taken advantage by the majority party. Environmental stewardship and emergency preparedness and public safety are critical. I will work for all members of our community to ensure that our district is represented and heard in Salem — regardless of political affiliation!"
East House District 52, also stretching from Hood River County to Gresham.