HD52 GOP Nominates Three Candidates to Fill State Rep. Mark Johnson Vacancy

Wilsonville, OR – At a special nominating convention held by the Oregon Republican Party on Saturday, November 18th in Sandy, Oregon, Republican Precinct Committee Persons comprising State House District 52 nominated three candidates to be considered by Multnomah, Clackamas, and Hood River County Commissioners to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Rep. Mark Johnson. The three nominees are:


Under state law, five County Commissioners from each county of HD 52 must now select by Saturday, December 7th from one of the three Republican candidates nominated. Commissioners are scheduled to interview the nominees at 4 pm on Wednesday, November 29th at the Sandy High School Lecture Hall, after which they will cast their weighted votes according to the number of voters from each of their counties registered within the boundaries of State House District 52.

“Thank you to House District 52 Republican Precinct Committee Persons for doing their duty by nominating three excellent nominees for county commissioners to choose from,” said Bill Currier, Chair of the Oregon Republican Party.

On November 7th, 2017, Republican Representative Mark Johnson officially resigned from office to begin the position of head of the Oregon Business & Industry (OBI), the new organization resulting from the merger of Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) and the Oregon Business Alliance (OBA).

The departing Rep. Johnson offered his perspective on the importance of his district saying, "House District 52 is a really diverse district and one of a handful of 'swing' districts in our state. With one more seat in Democrat hands in the State House, Speaker Kotek could have her way in the legislative process and be able to do what she wants, whenever she wants to. It is vital to keep this seat in Republican hands."

The nominee selected by commissioners will officially take office before the next Oregon Legislature session starting February 1st, 2018. Rep. Johnson’s replacement will serve for the remainder of the two-year term, which, in this case, is until January 13, 2019 - and must stand for election in November 2018 in order to serve a successive term after that.

“We thank Rep. Johnson for his service to Oregon and look forward to his successor carrying on the vital work of advancing Republican solutions as an alternative to the disastrous and corrupt Democrat One-Party-State in Salem,” added Chair Currier.

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. Its 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.

Monday 11/27/17 – 8:00 PM PT
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