Happy Valley state Rep. Janelle Bynum wins reelection
Three-term Democratic Rep. Janelle Bynum of Happy Valley, who owns four McDonalds Restaurant outlets, has handily defeated Republican Kori Haynes of Clackamas.
Bynum is getting about 54.4% of initial Nov. 8 election votes against Haynes' 45.5%, and Bynum's lead has held steady with additional counts of ballots.
District 39 now covers most of Happy Valley and unincorporated areas south, crossing the Clackamas River to the border of Oregon City. Democrats make up about 33% of the district's registered voters, with Republicans at 22.3% and non-affiliated voters at 38%.
Republicans thought they could unseat Bynum with Haynes after redistricting put Bynum in a district entirely within Clackamas County, instead of splitting it with Multnomah County. Republicans have been hoping to gain the two seats to deny Democrats a super-majority of 60% (36 seats) required for passage of revenue-raising measures.
But Bynum's incumbency and statewide leadership in legislative committees have gotten the approval of voters even though her redistricted representation area includes a large section of Clackamas County where she has not been previously on the ballot.
As the Democratic chair of Oregon House Judiciary Committee, Bynum in May condemned Election Clerk Sherry Hall's lack of urgency in response to misprinting ballots.
"When voters cast their ballots, they deserve efficient, transparent and integrity-driven processes to determine who wins those elections," Bynum said at the time.
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