Legislative races set for south county
Two local legislative races in the November general election became clear in the May 15 primary.
Incumbent state Rep. Richard Vial is the apparent winner in the Republican primary for Oregon House District 26, according to unofficial results.
He leads opponent Dan Laschober by a wide margin, garnering about 63 percent of the vote to Laschober's 37 percent.
Vial is running for his second term in the Oregon House of Representatives. District 26 includes all or parts of Sherwood, Wilsonville, King City, Reedville, Hillsboro, Farmington and Scholls, where Vial is from.
"I'm grateful for the folks who voted for me early and at the polls," Vial said shortly after the first results came in Tuesday evening. He said he plans to spend the general election focusing on issues like school funding and urban growth in his district.
Vial will face off against Democrat Ryan Spiker, a U.S. Navy veteran and healthcare professional, in November's general election. Spiker ran unopposed in Tuesday's Democratic primary.
And in the Oregon Senate District 13 primary, incumbent Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, had no challengers in the Republican primary, while Paul Diller of Wilsonville, a law professor at Willamette University, clinched the Democratic slot for the November election.
Senate District 13 covers Sherwood, King City, Wilsonville, Newberg and parts of Washington, Clackamas, Yamhill and Marion counties.
"We're very happy with the results," Diller said 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 office before 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.
His opponent for the Democratic primary was Army veteran Sarah Grider of Newberg, an educational assistant at Newberg High
Thatcher's district has been Republican since 1994, pointing to a challenging election come November for Diller.
Blair Stenvick and Leslie Pugmire Hole contributed to this story.
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