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No attorney general race for Davis

Rep. John Davis, R-Wilsonville, announced his decision Monday not to run for election as attorney general.

PARIS ACHEN - Rep. John Davis, R-WilsonvilleRep. John Davis, R-Wilsonville, announced Monday he has decided against challenging Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum in the November election.

Davis indicated Friday he was still thinking over whether to join the race.

"After months of careful consideration and counsel from friends, family, fellow representatives, former statewide candidates, my law firm, and attorneys general from other states, the timing is simply not right," Willson said in a statement Monday.

Davis announced he also would not seek reelection to his House seat in November.

Davis has represented Wilsonville, Sherwood, Bull Mountain, King City and parts of Hillsboro, Beaverton and Aloha in Oregon's District 26 since 2013.

"It is the best job I’ve ever had," Davis said. "It is a joy to serve constituents and work together with Democrats and Republicans to negotiate legislation."

Davis told the EO Media/Pamplin Capital Bureau Monday that after the end of his term, he will focus on his family and practicing law at his firm, McEwen Gisvold and work to "recruit, equip and train other leaders" to help them get elected to the House and statewide offices.

He said Rosenblum "deserves a challenge."

"For the sake of Oregonians and our political process, a well-qualified candidate with time, resources, support, and experience should run against Ms. Rosenblum," Davis said. "But this year, at this time, that person is not me."

By Paris Achen
Portland Tribune Capital Bureau Reporter
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