Early results show Ricki Ruiz leading the Democratic primary bid for House District 50 with 65.28% of votes as of noon Wednesday, May 20. William Miller trails with 33.61% votes.
So far 5,611 votes have been tallied in the bid to vie for the soon-to-be vacant position as incumbent Rep. Carla Piluso, D-Gresham, steps down at the end of the year. The winner of the primary will advance to face Republican Amelia Salvador in the general election this fall.
Ruiz, 25, serves on the Reynolds School Board and works for the city of Gresham as a community services coordinator. His role includes leading youth recreation programming, supporting public safety with the Neighborhood Ready Program, co-leading the Youth Advisory Council, and serving as a Spanish interpreter.
The Rockwood native brought nine mini-pitch futsal courts to East Multnomah County parks and schools grounds since 2015.
Ruiz attended Portland Community College for two years, before transferring to Warner Pacific University where he earned a bachelor's degree in social entrepreneurship. He was the first person in his family to graduate from high school and college.
He ran on a platform of education, housing, healthcare and mental health services, and public safety.
Miller, 27, is an advocacy manager for the Native American Youth and Family Center, which has provided experience in Salem pushing for new policies and working alongside elected leaders. Some of the legislation he has advocated for includes paid family medical leave, tobacco tax, the Student Success Act, marijuana expungement to revisit misdemeanor convictions and more.
He was the first person in his family to graduate from high school and college, and he attended Mt. Hood Community College where he served as student body president.
Miller's campaign has been focused on education, criminal justice reform, stable and affordable housing, and mental health and addiction services.
This story will be updated as more results come in.
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