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Parrish files for reelection to House District 37

Republican state representative seeking 4th term.

Julie Parrish.State Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, announced Monday she has filed to run for a fourth term of office.

Parrish, who was first elected in 2010, represents West Linn, Tualatin, Durham, and the Stafford and Petes Mountain areas in the Oregon House of Representatives. She will be running against at least one other candidate: attorney Paul Carlos Southwick, who filed to seek the Democratic nomination in the district last September.

Parrish's announcement comes as little surprise. She told The Times after Southwick filed for the District 37 race that she intended to seek reelection.

“I take every race seriously and I welcome a challenger,” she said at the time.

In a press release officially announcing her reelection bid Monday, Parrish touted her bipartisan credentials — she is generally regarded as a moderate Republican — saying she “learned to work across the aisle and build coalitions to pass legislation” along with other freshman legislators elected in 2010, when voters sent 30 Democrats and 30 Republicans to Salem as state representatives, forcing the parties to share control of the House.

“When you’re willing to set aside differences to find common ground on issues that affect Oregonians, anything is possible,” she added in the press release.

Every seat in the House and half the seats in the Oregon Senate will be up for election in November.

Another Tualatin-area legislator, state Sen. Richard Devlin, is expected to be on the ballot for a statewide race. The veteran Democrat announced his candidacy for secretary of state last September, although the state elections website does not list him as having filed yet.