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Redistricted area loses Canby and gains Happy Valley, providing a Democratic advantage

Mark MeekState Rep. Mark Meek, D-Gladstone, announced Oct. 13 that he will run next year for the Oregon State Senate in District 20.

Although SD20 has been held by Republicans for the past decade, Democrats stand to gain a substantial registration advantage in the area following redistricting.

If the Oregon Legislature's redistricting map stands up to legal challenges, SD20 will be significantly smaller in land area, gaining Happy Valley and losing Canby. Under the recently approved redistricting for SD20, the district will continue to include Oregon City, Gladstone and parts of unincorporated Clackamas County beginning in 2022.

According to filings with the secretary of state's office, Meek is the first person to announce a run for SD20 this year. In February, former Oregon House District 39 Rep. Bill Kennemer, R-Canby, was appointed to fill the SD20 seat vacated by Alan Olsen, a Republican who moved out of state.

Charles Gallia, an Oregon City Democrat who ran against Olsen in 2018, will be running to replace Meek in HD40. Gallia received 46% of the vote against Olsen's 51.8% in 2018.

Meek said that he's been honored to represent HD40 since 2017.

"I will be a strong voice for our communities in the State Senate, and I will fight every day to make Clackamas County the best place in Oregon to live, work and raise a family," he said.

Meek, an Air Force veteran and real-estate agent, has coached high school football and served on the Clackamas County Planning Commission.

Earlier this year, Meek sponsored legislation establishing the Willamette Falls Locks Authority as part of his ongoing efforts to revitalize Oregon City's waterfront and reopen Willamette Falls Locks.

During his three terms in the Oregon House, Meek has voted for investments in education and veterans' services, legislation to protect seniors in long-term care and affordable housing legislation.

"Oregon is facing unprecedented challenges," Meek said. "I will work to end the COVID-19 pandemic, rebuild our economy and create a brighter future for our kids."

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