Gladstone resident Mark Meek is the local Democratic voters’ choice for House District 40, where State Rep. Brent Barton (D-Oregon City) is stepping down to spend more time with his newborn son.

FILE PHOTO - Mark MeekAccording to preliminary election results, Meek’s 42.5 percent in the primary race is enough to defeat attorney Steven Cade and Terry John Gibson, president of the board of directors for the Oak Lodge Sanitary District, who are fellow Democrats.

Meek said he knocked on over 2,000 doors in the district and talked with over 500 people, a number that he hopes to double while campaigning over the summer.

“I want to be a true representative of our community and really know the concerns that they have,” Meek said. “I also want to thank those 500 people for taking the time to have conversations with me.”

Meek’s campaign now heads to the November ballot, which will feature Oregon City School Board member and small business owner Evon Tekorius on the Republican ticket, and activist Christine VanOrder, who is running unaffiliated.

Meek said that the same thing distinguishes him from Tekorius and VanOrder as distinguished him from his primary opponents: his in depth knowledge of issues facing the state because of working with various levels of business and government. Meek has volunteered on the Clackamas County Planning Commission and the Clackamas County Economic Development Commission, and is currently serving as the vice president of governmental affairs for the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors. Effective July 1, Meek with be the chairman of the board of the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce, where he has been a longtime active member.

HD40 has become increasingly blue since Barton won in 2012, but election surprises can happen. Meek is known to local voters, having challenged Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall in 2014.

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