County Commissioners Select Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis as HD18 State Representative Replacing Vic Gilliam

Wilsonville, OR– Meeting together in the Mt. Angel Fire Hall, the three County Commissioners from Marion and the five from Clackamas County interviewed the three Republicans candidates nominated last Saturday by the Republican Precinct Committee People (PCPs) of House District 18.

Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis In making the appointment, the Chair of the meeting, Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano, thanked all of the candidates for their “willingness to step forward to serve in the position.”

“The three Republicans considered for this appointment show the depth of our bench of possible legislative candidates. I offer my best wishes to all of the candidates and my congratulations to Representative-designate Lewis,” said Bill Currier, Chair of the Oregon Republican Party.

Prior to the appointment, Lewis said, “I believe there are opportunities to collaborate for the common good without compromising the principles and ideals of our party. As a minority party in state government at present, our role is critical, and many share the principles for which we stand.”

Lewis is expected to be sworn in as the House District 18 Representative by the Speaker of the House tomorrow. The 2017 Oregon Legislature, which began February 1st, will go until July 10th, at the latest. All 60 Oregon House seats are now full.

On February 1st, 2017, Republican Representative Vic Gilliam resigned from the position due to deteriorating health, related to ALS. Lewis will serve for the remainder of the two-year term, which, in this case, is until January 13, 2019.

The three Republican nominees considered - Hubbard Nurseryman Glenn Holum, Cattleman Association Director Jerome Rosa, and Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis, were selected from a total field of seven candidates by a vote of the Republican Precinct Committee Persons from House District 18 at a special nominating convention held by the Oregon Republican Party at the Donald Fire Station in Donald, Oregon this past Saturday, February 22nd.

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. It’s Chairman and officers are dedicated to preserving and advancing Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

Wednesday 02/22/17–6:00 PM PDT
Contact: ORP Communications Director – (503) 902-4671