UPDATE: Helfrich remains in the lead with 87.38% of the vote as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 18.
With Rep. Anna Williams (D-Hood River) resigning after the end of her term, multiple Republicans have decided to throw their hats in the ring and seek election as state representative for House District 52.
Welches resident and psychologist Dr. James Born is among those competing in the primary election against former Rep. Jeff Helfrich (R-Hood River) and Britt Storkson (R-The Dalles).
Born filed to run on Feb. 25, saying his primary motivation is because "there's a mental health crisis in the state."
The legislative district covers Hood River County and portions of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Wasco Counties.
Day-two results show former representative Helfrich leading in the Republican primary race with 3,927 votes and 87.38% of the vote. Born follows with 404 votes and 8.99% of the vote and Storkson is bringing up the rear with 143 votes and 3.18% votes.
Helfrich was appointed to the House 52 seat after former representative Mark Johnson resigned mid-term in 2017. Then in 2018, current Rep. Anna Williams (D-Hood River) won the election, ending his time in the House.
"We worked hard," Born told The Post after early results came in. "We did our best, and there's no shame in losing when you've done your best. I wish (Helfrich) well and I'll support him."
Born added that he felt "name recognition" likely won out in this election over "someone new," and that he still believes "the issues I ran on were strong."
"I think I would've brought a collaborative and comprehensive plan for some of the issues of mental health and homelessness in our state."
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