Tessah Danel takes Democratic HD39 race
Tessah Danel, of Canby, has won the race for the Democratic nomination for Oregon House District 39.
Unofficial results as of Wednesday, May 20 at 11:30 a.m. show Danel earned 3,505 votes or 59.16%, while her opponent, Julia Hill, also of Canby, roped in 2,333 votes or 39.38%. Write-ins amounted to 1.47% of the vote.
Danel celebrated via Zoom with friends and family Tuesday night.
"I am very thrilled," Danel said. "I'm very excited. It's like the battle has been won, and now it's off to war. I'm super thrilled."
With the win, Danel will in November face off against the sole Republican candidate, incumbent Christine Drazan, also of Canby, who was elected as Oregon's HD39 representative in 2018 and is the Republican Caucus Leader.
The largely rural HD39 area includes Estacada, Eagle Creek, Barton, Beavercreek, Boring, Canby, Carus, Charbonneau, Fischers Mill, Mulino, Redland, rural areas of Oregon City and portions of Damascus and Happy Valley.
According to both Danel and Hill, the two will now join forces in attempt to unseat Drazan in November.
"It's certainly looking like it's gone in Tessah's favor," Hill said Tuesday night, "and if that's the case, I really want to congratulate her because it's a hard-earned victory, and she's a really dedicated public servant with a lot of experience, who cares really deeply about our community. So, I really would give her my wholehearted support in the general election.
"I talked to Tessah quite a bit in recent weeks," Hill added, "and we've regularly discussed how important it was that one of us unseat Christine Drazan in November. I know we both feel really strongly about this district, and Oregon deserves better…So I wish Tessah a lot of success if the final results are consistent with what we saw tonight because we definitely need somebody that puts people and small businesses ahead of the special interests of big corporations that I feel Christine Drazan represents."
Hill was late to the game, filing as a candidate just before the deadline and missing the deadline to appear in the voters' pamphlet. She said she has learned much from running for her first office, and voters can expect to see her name on the ballot in the future.
With the probable win, Danel will continue campaigning as she has to this point in preparation for the Nov. 3 contest against Drazan. For Danel, that includes calling constituents to find out what issues are important to them.
"I need my voters, and I need everybody to be there and to show up in November," Danel said, adding, "We're going to need every single one of their votes to win this. So, that's what I want them to know is that I need them. Let's do this."
This story has been updated with the latest results.
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