North Clackamas voters pick Mark Meek, Karin Power for Oregon House seats
Gladstone, Milwaukie residents easily defeat Republican candidates.
North Clackamas voters did their part to keep Democratic control of the Oregon House of Representatives by electing Mark Meek, according to early Nov. 8 election returns.
Milwaukie City Councilor Karin Power easily defeated Republican Tim McMenamin by earning 71 percent of the vote.
Kathleen Taylor, the current Democratic state representative for Milwaukie and Oak Grove, is moving up to fill a state senate seat, Senate District 21.
Power and Meek made history on Nov. 8 by becoming the first gay or Latino residents of Clackamas County to be elected as state representatives.
Power, the HD41 representative-elect, said that she ran for the office, because many of the priorities of Milwaukie citizens, including safe walking and biking routes to schools and removing Kellogg Dam, could not be accomplished without the aid of the state.
Meek, a Realtor from Gladstone, defeated Oregon City School Board member Evon Tekorius by 51 to 43 percent for House District 40.
A volunteer singer at Christ the King Church since 1996, Meek has volunteered on the Clackamas County Planning Commission and the Clackamas County Economic Development Commission. He is currently serving as the vice president of governmental affairs for the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors and as chairman of the board of the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce, where he has been a longtime active member.
State Rep. Brent Barton (D-Oregon City) of House District 40 decided not to run, citing his wish to focus on the care of his newborn son and growing law practice.