Boring's Steve Bates holds 14.51% of the vote as of 8 a.m. May 18, with several Clackamas County votes delayed

PMG FILE PHOTO - Daniel Bonham holds the lead in the Republican race for Senate District 26 race.UPDATE: Bonham remains in the lead with 76.65% of the vote as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 18.

When Oregon was redistricted this year, Senate District 26 Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, commented that he was happy to see his district return to a more rural representation, pushing farther out of the metro area and into The Dalles and Canby.

While this change excites Thomsen, he has decided to not seek reelection in 2022, and instead to support House District 59 Rep. Daniel Bonham's bid for the seat.

Bonham, R-The Dalles, has served as state representative for House District 59 since being appointed to the position in 2017 and is a small business owner from The Dalles.

Also running for the Republican candidacy for Senate District 26 is Boring resident Steve Bates. Bates has mounted unsuccessful campaigns for the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners in 2014 and 2016.COURTESY PHOTO: STEVE BATES - Boring resident Steve Bates had 12% of the vote in the race for Senate District 26 at 8 p.m. May 17.

Bates also has worked with the Legislature on numerous occasions over the past several years, advocating for the community of Boring and statewide issues affecting veterans. Bates has proposed and advocated for 17 pieces of legislation that have been introduced at his request. Bates said that more than half of the legislative items he's proposed have received unanimous bipartisan votes.

Out of newly included Corbett, Michael J. Nugent, a respiratory pathogen program manager for the Oregon Health Authority and operator at Ponder Breeze Farm, also has thrown his hat into the ring. Nugent was the latest to file, submitting his paperwork March 8.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, Bonham remains in the lead for the Republican primary race to oppose Democratic private security provider Raz Mason in the general election this fall. Bonham has 76.65% of the vote with 4,586 votes thus far. Bates is in a distant second with 868 votes and 14.51% of the vote and Nugent has 505 votes or 8.44% of the vote.

These results are more inconclusive than typical early counts because of an issue with ballots printed for Clackamas County. Over 50,000 ballots with barcode issues are being painstakingly copied by hand, which will delay final results potentially into June. As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, Clackamas County had yet to release any counts in the primary election.

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