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Former HSD School Board member Monte Akers wants to represent Western Washington County in Salem.

AkersFormer Hillsboro School Board member Monte Akers plans to run for the state Senate seat this spring.

Akers, a Republican, announced Wednesday his candidacy for Senate District 15, which includes much of the city of Hillsboro, as well as Forest Grove, Cornelius and North Plains.

That seat is currently held by Democrat Chuck Riley, who has served in the Senate since 2015. Riley filed for re-election in September.

"After much consideration and encouragement by members of our community I have decided to enter the race for Senate District 15," Akers said in written statement. "Salem is broken and I will work hard to fix the issues plaguing our community and our state."

Akers — who served on the Hillsboro School Board for seven years before losing re-election last year — said his experience working with the state's fourth-largest school district has prepared him for the Oregon Legislature.

"After serving on the school board and various committees related to city business I feel I am well prepared to hit the ground running and make a positive change for our community," said Akers.

The retired Hillsboro accountant has already earned the endorsement of former Hillsboro state Rep. Katie Eyre, a fellow Republican.

"Monte brings a wealth of knowledge and during these budgetary tense times, Monte is the right person to watch over taxpayer dollars," Eyre said.

Akers is so far the only Republican to announce his candidacy for the race. If Akers wins the May 15 primary, he will face the democratic challenger in the November election.

Jonathan Lockwood, a spokesman for the campaign and the former communications director for the Senate Republican caucus, said Akers will have a campaign website and office "up and running in the coming weeks."

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