This story was updated from its original version.
Jason Fields of Marion County holds a lead of 63% to 37% over Charbonneau resident Glenn Lancaster in the Republican primary for House District 26 based on ballot counts as of Sunday, May 22.
At that point, 5,912 votes had been counted. However, 1,667 of those votes derive from Clackamas County as the elections department continued to log votes very slowly. The county indicated that it may not have all ballots counted until June, as it must manually count ballots due to defective bar codes.
Courtney Neron, D-Wilsonville, currently holds the seat and will face the winner of this primary in the November election. The district includes Wilsonville and was modified to also include Charbonneau, as well as Tigard and small pockets of Marion County.
Fields manufactures small parts for car companies and is an independent contractor who sells tow trucks. He was also a precinct chairperson and advocates for school testing and preventing the "creep" of Portland from arriving in outlying areas.
Lancaster, who described himself as fiscally conservative, libertarian and populist, was a partner in a firm that sold products in the electrical utility field before retiring last year. He then served as the precinct committee person in Charbonneau.
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