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The new redistricting and a vacant seat helped motivated the Boring man to make a run at the open seat

Steve Bates announced that he will run for the soon-to-be-vacant Senate District 26 seat. Senator Chuck Thomsen, who currently holds the seat, has said he will not run for re-election.

Bates made the announcement at the Jan. 4 meeting of the Boring Community Planning Organization after advising the Boring CPO that the redistricting just completed by the State Legislature has assigned an average of 141,241 residents to each senate district.

COURTESY PHOTO: STEVE BATES - Steve Bates announced his intention to run for the Senate District 26 seat.

He said that "the Senate District 26 boundaries that take effect in January 2023 have been changed dramatically. They stretch from The Dalles to Canby, taking in a portion of Wasco County, all of Hood River County, areas east of Troutdale in Multnomah County and, based upon 2020 census data, about 90,000 Clackamas County residents that include those living in the Mount Hood Villages, Sandy, Boring, Eagle Creek, Estacada, Beavercreek, portions of Oregon City and Canby."

Bates noted that "Of the estimated 141,000 residents of Senate District 26, about 70% live within a 35 mile radius of my home. I am in a very good location to properly represent all of the people of SD26. I have lived in Boring for 45 years and I recall most of the time, my senator lived within a 30 or 35 mile radius from me."

Bates has been involved with the state legislature over the past several years advocating for the community of Boring and veterans issues. Seventeen pieces of legislation have been introduced at his request by several different legislators and over half of them received unanimous bi-partisan votes.

"I have developed relationships at the Capitol through the years and I look forward to expanding those relationships and adding to them as the senator from SD26," he said. He plans to work on the following items which can receive bi-partisan support: transportation issues such as traffic congestion, law and order — funding for the Oregon State Police and county sheriffs, veterans issues and mental health advocacy.

"In addition to advocating for our veterans, I will also further the efforts to reclaim and activate the Willamette Falls Locks so that there is a navigable waterway from Portland to Salem in the event of a major catastrophe," he said.


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