The Republican incumbent has a lead to represent his party in the newly redrawn House District 51 after results from the Tuesday, May 17, primaries.
James Hieb received 59.9% in early returns. The challenger, Lisa Davidson, got 39%.
In total over 1,800 votes were tallied by the end of the day on Wednesday.
The winner of the Republican primary will go on to face Democrat Walt Trandum, who ran unopposed in the primaries, during the Nov. 8 general election.
HD 51 went through major shifts in the fall of 2021 with the passage of Senate Bill 881 and Senate Bill 882, and serious redistricting that brought in a new group of leaders.
House District 39 was turned into House District 51, which then had lines redrawn to include the city of Sandy, as well as Estacada, Canby and large swaths of unincorporated rural Clackamas County, including Redland and Beavercreek outside of Oregon City.
Hieb was the incumbent for HD 39 — now HD 51 — after being appointed by county leadership following the resignation of Christine Drazan so she could focus on her bid for governor. He is a former Canby city councilor.
Davidson is a small business owner and teacher.
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