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Piluso could face challenge from Republican write-in candidate in the November election

OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Rep. Carla PilusoRep. Carla Piluso won the democratic primary after running unopposed for House Representative, District 50, in the Tuesday, May 15, Oregon election.

By 8 a.m. Wednesday morning Piluso had received 2,525 votes, accounting for 99.10 percent.

While there was no Republican candidate who filed in the primary, Piluso could face a challenge from one of the write-in candidates come November. Whomever the top write-in Republican candidate is will be named on the ballot as a challenger to Piluso, though that person will have to meet qualifications and accept the position. If none of the write-in candidates are suitable options, or if they all refuse the nomination, then Piluso will once again run unopposed.

Piluso was first elected to the House in 2014, serving a district that mostly encompasses Gresham. She has worked to secure funding for education, support Oregon veterans, and keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. Her focuses have included helping young children and families, address affordable housing and continue to improve public safety.

Piluso grew up in Oregon, and worked her way up through the Gresham Police Department to eventually serve as the city's first woman police chief. After a 30-year career in law enforcement, she joined the Gresham-Barlow School Board.

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