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Wednesday returns show Walters with 59% of the vote, Estep with 41% for West Linn, Tualatin seat

PMG FILE PHOTO - West Linn Mayor Jules Walters and Republican Aeric Estep are vying for House District 37.West Linn Mayor Jules Walters currently leads Aeric Estep by 18% in the race to represent West Linn, Tualatin, Stafford and Durham in the Oregon House of Representatives.

With 21,715 votes counted at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, Walters held 59% of the vote compared to Estep's 41%. Results will continue to be updated throughout the day.

"While I am feeling very good about this race anything can happen. So I am being patient for now," Walters wrote in a text message to Pamplin Media. "I want to thank our election workers who are working incredibly hard to get us results. Thank you to my opponent for a hard-fought race, and to this incredible community for the many great conversations we have had."

Walters, who served two years as a West Linn City Councilor before her election as mayor in 2020, decided to run for House District 37 shortly after incumbent Rep. Rachel Prusak, D-West Linn, announced she would not seek re-election.

Estep, an account manager for a construction company, decided to run for the seat, hoping to bring balance to Salem. Republicans held House District 37 for nearly two decades before Prusak unseated Rep. Julie Parrish in 2018.

"I know a lot of people voted today and there are a lot of votes still to come in, especially in Clackamas County," Estep told Pamplin Media Group Tuesday night. "We're going to keep watching for more results and see how things come in."

Over the past four years, Prusak and Walters quickly became allies, working closely, campaigning together and offering endorsements for one another.

If the current results hold, Walters said she would resign her role as mayor some time before the new year but was uncertain about the exact date.

This is the first general election under Oregon's new ballot postmark law. Traditionally, ballots had to have been received by 8 p.m., Election Day in order to be counted, but this year, Oregon will count all ballot postmarked by 8 p.m., Election Day, so long as they are received within seven days of the election. Oregon's elections have largely been settled within hours of polls closing, but elections experts believe some tight races this year may take days to declare a winner.

This story will be updated.

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