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Danielle Bethell defeats Ashley Carson Cottingham in Marion County Commission race

PMG FILE PHOTO - District 22 Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon, Woodburn Independent - News District 22 representative to discuss education updates, Student Success Act and Student Voice bill Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon to speak at Gervais High SchoolFollowing results of the Nov. 3 election, a trio of familiar faces will be returning to the Oregon House of Representatives.

Encumbent representatives Bill Post, Teresa Alonso Leon and Rick Lewis all won reelection by sizeable margins last week, keeping the status quo in an Oregon Legislature that remains firmly in Democratic hands going into 2021.

Republicans needed to flip three seats in the House of Representatives to deny Democratic leaders a three-fifths supermajority, with high hopes on Gervais candidate Anna Kasachev pulling an upset over incumbent Democratic Rep. Alonso Leon of Woodburn. Instead, Alonso Leon went on to claim a margin of victory of nearly 3,000 votes, winning nearly 57 percent of the ballots cast to earn her third consecutive bid to represent House District 25.

On the other side of the political spectrum Lewis (HD18) and Post (HD25) each won their own elections by even larger margins. Seeking his fourth term in office, Post withstood Democratic challenger Ramiro Navarro Jr., winning 18,827 votes to claim the seat with 56.7% of ballots cast. Lewis, who first won election to the House District 18 office in 2018, handily defeated Democratic challenger Jamie Morrison with more than 20,700 votes, garnering almost 70 percent of ballots cast in the race.

COURTESY PHOTO - District 25 Rep. Bill Post., Woodburn Independent - News Special session on the horizon to address economic hardships hitting Oregonians Post: Governor enacts new rules in fight to prevent spread of coronavirusOverall, Oregon House Republicans were able to flip on seat statewide.

Elsewhere in the region, the Marion County Commission remained firmly in Republican control after Salem-Keizer School Board Director Danielle Bethell defeated Democratic challenger Ashley Carson Cottingham with 52.5% of the vote. Third party challenger William H. Johnson Jr. netted nearly 5,000 votes in the race, but it wasn't enough to prove a difference after Bethell took home 81,120 votes, more than 12,000 above Cottingham.


Oregon House District 18

Rick Lewis — 20,722 (68.8%)

Jamie Morrison — 9,340 (31.0%)

Oregon House District 22

Teresa Alonso Leon — 12,017 (56.83%)

Anna Kasachev — 9,128 (43.17%)

Oregon House District 25

Bill Post — 18,827 (56.7%) Ramiro Navarro Jr. — 14,349 (43.2%)

Marion County Commission Danielle Bethell — 81,120 (52.46%)

Ashley Carson Cottingham — 68,586 (44.36%)

William H. Johnson Jr. — 4,912 (3.18%)

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