Diller in strong lead for Democratic spot SD 13
In the Oregon Senate District 13 primary, incumbent Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, had no challengers in the Republican primary and Paul Diller of Wilsonville, a law professor at Willamette University, appears to be taking the Democratic slot for the November election with 60.59 percent of the vote by 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Senate District 13 covers Wilsonville, Newberg, Sherwood, King City and parts of Clackamas, Yamhill, Washington and Marion counties.
"We're very happy with the results," said Diller Tuesday night. "I have a great campaign team and campaign manager and if the results hold I'm hoping to grow that leading to November."
Diller has not held elected positions but has served on various advisory task forces in Wilsonville. His campaign stressed a need to invest in education and public health, as well as an increased focus on solving regional transportation and housing problems.
Diller's opponent for the Democratic primary was Army veteran Sarah Grider of Newberg, an educational assistant at Newberg High School with a bachelor's degree in communications and a background in criminal justice.
"Sarah was a great candidate; it was an honor to campaign with her," Diller said.
Thatcher's district has been held by Republicans since 1994, pointing to a challenging election come November for Diller.
"We received lots of compliments about our campaign as we went door to door; people seemed to like our message and the effort we made to reach into all corners of the district," said Diller. "I'm looking forward to talking about the issues that are important to voters and finding solutions based on thoughtful problem-solving, not ideology."