Stephanie Nystrom of Corbett has filed for candidacy in May primary

A Democratic candidate from Corbett will run against incumbent Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, to represent the sprawling House District 52 — stretching from East Gresham to Hood River.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Stephanie NystromStephanie Nystrom filed for candidacy on Friday, March 7, to run in the May 20 primary election.

Nystrom, 47, said she is interested in representing the people of House District 52 because she hasn’t been happy with the representation for the past four years.

“I’d like to represent the people and not the big business from our area,” Nystrom said.

House District 52 represents portions of East Gresham, Sandy, mountain villages, Corbett, Cascade Locks and Hood River.

Nystrom is co-owner with her husband of Nystrom Engineering in Corbett.

The company is a complete inventing service that allows people to take their ideas from concept to prototype, Nystrom said.

She and her husband have been running it for 25 years.

Nystrom has lived in Corbett since 2003, and before that Gresham. She has been an active volunteer in education, the environment, neighborhood and land-use issues and family services for 20 years.

“I am coming at this from a grassroots level,” Nystrom said.

Her passions are women’s rights, education, income equality and protecting the environment.

“Those specific issues Mark Johnson and I differ greatly on, so those are the core issues I am in the race for,” Nystrom said.

Johnson is serving his second term and is running to serve his third.

He is the owner of his own general contracting business in Hood River and is a member of the Hood River County School Board.

In past legislation, Johnson has supported investments in the private-sector, increasing funding for schools, health care reform, and stricter sentencing on “career criminals,” drunk drivers and sex offenders.

He believes the Oregon genetically modified food labeling initiative is “backward.” He also voted “no” on a re-write of an original bill he co-sponsored that would make it possible for Oregon residents who do not have proper documentation to obtain drivers cards so that they could drive legally in Oregon.

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