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Gallegos announces he won't seek re-election
Last-minute announcements and filings dominated the afternoon Tuesday, the last day to file to run for office in the May 17 primary election.
Rep. Joe Gallegos, the two-term Democrat representing House District 30, which covers areas north of Highway 26, North Plains, Helvetia, parts of north Hillsboro and east to 185th Avenue, announced late Tuesday afternoon he would not seek re-election.
A few minutes later, Janeen Sollman announced her run for the seat. Sollman, a member of the Hillsboro School Board since 2009, filed to run as a Democrat.
Dan Mason, who lost to Gallegos in 2014, has filed to run on the Republican ticket.
Gallegos cited his wife's health in his decision to not seek a third term.
"After carefully considering my options and speaking with my family, due to issues related to my wife's health I have decided the decision not to run for re-election was the right one for me and my family at this time," Gallegos said in an emailed statement.
"In my two terms in office, I'm proud to have helped Oregon make great strides in improving education, from preschool to college and career training," Gallegos added. "We've increased funding for our schools with historic reinvestments in education, built a program that will improve English Language Learning across the state, and taken strides in addressing chronic absenteeism. I'm especially proud of the work I've done to make college more accessible and affordable to every student."
Sollman, a recycling and customer service specialist at Vernier Software & Technology, was raised in Washington County and is a resident of Hillsboro.
"As a school board member, parent, and advocate for our community, I'm running for the Oregon House to make education and standing up for working Oregonians our top priorities," said Sollman.
Sollman said Gallegos called her when he made his decision not to run and asked her to run for the seat. "He was such a champion for education. This is a unique opportunity for me" to pick up that baton, Sollman said Wednesday morning.
"I feel like I can bring a fresh perspective [to Salem] and I'm not afraid of sticking my neck out," she added.
In House District 29, which covers Forest Grove, Cornelius and parts of Hillsboro, Democrat incumbent Susan McLain will seek a second term. Juanita Lint of Forest Grove, co-owner of Plum Hill Vineyard, announced Monday she'll run for HD 29 as a Republican.
"As Washington County continues to grow, I'm concerned that too many of our working families are being left behind," Lint said. "I'm running for the legislature because I want our community to continue to be a great place to find stable employment and raise a family, and help more Oregonians realize the American Dream."
House District 26, which covers a small portion of south Hillsboro, Aloha, parts of Beaverton and south to Willsonville, has a crowded field of candidates as Rep. John Davis, R-Willsonville announced he will not seek re-election.
On the Democratic ticket, Ray Lister and Patrick J. Whewell, both of Willsonville, have filed to run.
John M. Boylston of King City, A. Richard Vial of Hillsboro and Matt Wingard of Wilsonville all filed within the last week to run as Republicans.