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COURTESY PHOTO: BETTY KOMP - Betty Komp has announced she will not seek re-election to represent District 22 in the state House, after more than a decade in the Legislature.State Rep. Betty Komp, D-Woodburn, has announced she will leave her seat in the Legislature next year, declining to seek another term in the coming elections.


Komp, a retired teacher and administrator for the Woodburn School District, has served as the state representative for House District 22 since 2004. She announced her decision in a press release last week.

“Since being elected to represent this community, I’ve worked hard to improve education for kids throughout Oregon, and I’m proud to say we’ve made K-12 classrooms a priority in the Oregon Legislature,” she said. “In 2015, we passed the biggest K-12 budget in Oregon history, with enough to fund all-day kindergarten statewide and reduce class sizes. We also made significant investments in career and vocational training so that Oregonians can find good-paying jobs.”

She also said she is looking forward to completing her last term in February with a productive session, in which she plans to propose bills to “better prepare teachers for the classroom and improve government accountability.”

That same day, the first Democratic candidate hoping to take Komp’s place came forward, as Woodburn City Councilor Teresa Alonso Leon announced her candidacy for the District 22 House seat.

COURTESY PHOTO: TERESA ALONSO LEON - Woodburn City Councilor Teresa Alonso Leon has filed to run as a Democratic candidate for Komp's seat in the House.In her own release, Alonso Leon said she is running because she believes every resident should have the opportunity to get ahead.

“Every Oregonian deserves the chance to pursue vocational training or higher education, earn a good-paying job and provide for their family” she said. “The communities of Woodburn, North Salem, Gervais, and Brooks are strong, vibrant and diverse, and I look forward to representing everyone in our community.”

Alonso Leon has served on the City Council since being appointed in 2013. She also works as the state’s the GED administrator for the Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development.

Two other candidates had previously thrown their hats into the ring for the May 17 primary: Salem resident Corbin Johnston, who filed for the Republican candidacy, and Woodburn insurance agent Matt Geiger, who filed as an Independent.

Geiger ran against Komp on the Republican and Independent tickets in 2014, coming in second in the general election with 42.9 percent of the vote, to Komp’s 52.5.

District 22 is a narrow strip along the Interstate 5 corridor, with Woodburn at its north end and parts of north Salem at the south. It also incorporates Gervais and Brooks.

According to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, the district has almost 20,700 registered voters, with 36.7 percent of them Democrats, 26.5 percent Republicans, 4.7 percent Independents and 29.8 non-affiliated.

Tyler Francke covers all things Woodburn. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-765-1195.

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