Alexander Flores takes the lead in the race to represent District 15 ahead of opponent Monte Akers.

Alexander FloresAlexander Flores is leading in the Republican primary for the Oregon Senate's District 15, with 52.7 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results as of Wednesday morning, May 16. His opponent, Monte Akers had 46.7 percent of the vote.

Flores, who serves as chairman of Centro Cultural de Washington County, and previously as the chairman of the Cultural Coalition of Washington County, led a relatively quiet race for the Republican nomination for District 15, which includes the cities of Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Cornelius and North Plains.

The winner of Tuesday night's election will take on Democrat Chuck Riley in the general election this fall. Riley has served in the Senate since 2015 and in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011.

"This is unbelievable so far for me," Flores said Tuesday after the first round of results. "I'm humbled and honored to be ahead so far. I truly believe this is not just my victory, this is a victory for all of Washington County."

Flores was backed by the Senate Republican Leadership Fund, the fundraising arm of the Oregon Senate Republicans. That group targeted Akers with negative ads and a faux campaign website. In the weeks before the election, complaints were filed with the Oregon Board of Accountancy after Akers describing himself as a Certified Public Accountant, despite his certification expiring in the 1990s.

Flores, a senior supply chain analyst for Daimler Trucks North America, announced his candidacy shortly after Akers, who served on the Hillsboro School Board for four years and ran an unsuccesful bid for the Hillsboro City Council in 2014.

Flores ran for an open seat on the Hillsboro School Board last year, but lost to school board member Jaci Spross.

Flores was endorsed by Senate Republican Leader Jackie Winters, Washington County Commissioner Bob Terry, Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin and Cornelius City Council President Dave Schamp, among others.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with unofficial election results Wednesday morning, May 16.

By Olivia Singer
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