Democrats win most Washington County legislative seats; two Republicans lose
Voters returned Democratic incumbents in Washington County's state legislative seats, but unseated two Republican incumbents in the House.
Senators returning for four years were:
Democrats: Betsy Johnson of Scappoose, third full term; Chuck Riley of Hillsboro, second term; Elizabeth Steiner Hayward of Beaverton, second full term, and Rob Wagner of Lake Oswego, first full term. Republican: Kim Thatcher of Keizer, second term.
Johnson's district includes parts of western Washington County, and she faced only a Constitution Party opponent. Wagner's district includes Tualatin, and he beat Republican David Poulson of Lake Oswego for the seat he was appointed to when longtime Democratic incumbent Richard Devlin of Tualatin resigned last year. Steiner Hayward was unopposed.
Riley fended off a challenge in District 15 from Republican nominee Alexander Flores of Hillsboro, board chairman of Centro Cultural de Washington County, with 58 percent of the vote.
Thatcher's Senate District 13 takes in southern Washington County, plus parts of Clackamas, Marion and Yamhill counties.
She and Sen. Brian Boquist of Dallas, whose District 12 takes in parts of Washington, Benton, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, are the only remaining Republicans.
Going into Tuesday's election, Democrats led Republicans in the Oregon Senate, 17 to 13. Democrats picked up a seat to give them a 60 percent majority, which would enable them to pass revenue-raising measures without Republican votes. A Democrat won the Senate District 3 seat being vacated by Republican Alan DeBoer of Ashland.
Representatives returning to the House for two years are:
Democrats Jeff Barker of Aloha, ninth term; Margaret Doherty of Tigard, fifth full term; Mitch Greenlick of Portland, ninth term; Ken Helm of Beaverton, third term; Sheri Malstrom of Beaverton, second term; Susan McLain of Forest Grove, third term; Janeen Sollman of Hillsboro, second term.
Republican Reps. Rich Vial of Scholls and Julie Parrish of West Linn lost to Democrats Courtney Neron of Wilsonville and Rachel Prusak of West Linn.
Vial, who was seeking a second term in District 26, trailed Neron by about 1,100 votes of 29,000 cast. Parrish, who was seeking a fifth term in District 37 that includes Tualatin, trailed Prusak by 1,542 votes of 30,000 cast.
Greenlick's district includes unincorporated Washington County north of the Sunset Highway.
Democrat Tiffiny Mitchell of Astoria was elected to the District 32 seat being vacated by Democrat Deborah Boone of Cannon Beach after seven terms. The district has a small part of western Washington County.
Going into Tuesday's election, Democrats led Republicans in the House, 35 to 25. Democrats hoped to pick up a seat to give them a 60 percent majority, which would enable them to pass revenue-raising measures without Republican votes.
In addition to Vial and Parrish, appointed Republican incumbent Jeff Helfrich lost to Democrat Anna Williams in District 52.
At 38 seats, Democrats will have their biggest House majority since 1975.
NOTE: Updated on Thursday, Nov. 8.