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Parrish wins House District 37 race


Hosticka trailed by 6 percent

by: VERN UYETAKE - Julie Parrish and her son Max check the election results at a election night gathering at the Century Hotel in Tualatin.The only Repulican to win a second term in the Oregon House this year, Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn) was able to maintain a lead against challenger Democratic Carl Hosticka for House District 37.

Wednesday morning results placed Parrish with 52 percent of the votes and Hosticka trailing with 46 percent. Libertarian Meredith Love Taggart captured 1.9 percent, or 364 votes.

“I’m feeling pretty good right now,” Parrish said early Tuesday evening, saying last time around, the vote was much more narrow at this point in the tally. “To be up significantly more is refreshing.”REP. JULIE PARRISH

Parrish currently serves as a co-chairwoman with Clackamas County Commissioner-Elect Martha Schrader for the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) effort in Oregon. She is also a member of the West Linn Chamber of Commerce, the West Linn Rotary Club and West Linn Lions. She also volunteers at her children’s schools and their youth sports.

Parrish said she will continue working on bills to support economic development, education and veterans.

“I’m just honored our community is going to give me another shot at this,” Parrish said. “It’s going to be another two years of hard work.”

Parrish said since it looks as though this year’s House will be divided, her job will be even more difficult, but “I’ve proven I can do good bipartisan work.”

Parrish also thanked the community for its support.

“This is just a validation of my hard work,” she said. “I appreciate the communities of West Linn, Tualatin and Stafford. … They are willing to choose me.”

The Democrats took over the House this election, after last year's 30-30 even split.