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John Davis won't seek re-election

King City candidate steps into race


Rep. John Davis (R-Wilsonville)Oregon Rep. John Davis announced on Thursday that he will not seek re-election to the legislative seat he has held since 2013.

Davis, a Republican who represents Wilsonville, Sherwood, Bull Mountain, King City and parts of Hillsboro, Beaverton and Aloha in Oregon's District 26 made the announcement on the last day of the 2016 Legislative session.

Davis’ staff would not answer questions about whether or not Davis was considering running for another position in state government.

Minutes after the announcement was posted online, King City Republican John Boylston released a statement saying that he would be running to fill Davis’ seat.

King City Republican John Boylston announced he will run for John Davies' seat.“There is so much potential here in Oregon, but we have to properly prepare our children for high paying jobs at Oregon companies, which are currently being filled from out of state,” Boylston, an estate planning attorney with Myatt & Bell in Tigard, wrote in a statement to the media. “That is going to mean changing what is not working. Among many other things, that means restoring robust vocational training options and modernizing high school teaching methods.”

In the release, Davis endorsed Boylston, saying he was the right man to take on the job.

“John is a friend and someone we can trust to put the public interest first,” Davis wrote. “He’s the right fit for House District 26 and will represent all residents. He brings energy, experience, and a thoughtful approach. He cares deeply about Oregon, our education system and creating jobs. He will look at old issues in new ways.”

Boylston sits on the Board of Trustees of the Oregon Historical Society and on the Board of HispanicPros, an organization that helps connect Hispanic professionals, plugging them into the Oregon business community. He is also the founder and an active member of Emerging Leaders of Oregon.

Boylston’s wife, Ana Lauren, is in her final year of training in clinical psychology at Pacific University, wrapping up her doctorate.

Boylston graduated from Sunset High School.

Davis did not respond for immediate comment.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


Leslie Pugmire Hole and Ray Pitz contributed to this report.


By Geoff Pursinger
Assistant Editor
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