by NW Spotlight
Dick Hughes’ Blog at the Statesman-Journal is reporting that Rep. Matt Wingard (R-Wilsonville) will not be seeking re-election. Jeff Mapes at the Oregonian is also reporting that Rep. Wingard said he would serve out the rest of his term but decided not to run for reelection.
SALEM– House Republican Leader Kevin Cameron (R-Salem) had the following to say regarding Rep. Matt Wingard’s withdrawal of candidacy for re-election:
“Rep. Matt Wingard has notified me that he is withdrawing his candidacy for re-election. I believe this is the right decision for Rep. Wingard to make at this time.
“Under state law and Republican Party bylaws, we’ll have the ability to fill the party’s vacancy in this election. We’re initiating this process immediately.
“As soon as possible, we’ll have a qualified Republican candidate in this district. We’re confident that voters will once again elect a Republican who is committed to serving the district and putting Oregonians back to work.”
Statement from Representative Matt Wingard:
After balancing the tremendous respect that I have for the voters, and above all, my concern for my family, I have reached the decision not to seek another term as District 26 State Representative.
I will continue to serve in office until a new representative is elected and sworn in. During my time of service, we’ve accomplished many things that have made this District and our great State a better place.
I decided to run in 2008 because I could not find an education reform champion in the Oregon Legislature. Giving low-income and minority children access to a world-class education has been my passion for more than a decade. I am very pleased that last year we were able to pass the most comprehensive package of education reforms in Oregon history giving tens of thousands of parents and students more school choices. I am dedicated to that political struggle.
I wish to thank my family, especially my son, my dedicated staff, and all of my friends within the Republican Party. Thank you for the hundreds of messages of support. I will forever be grateful to you for your kindness.
Above all, I would like to thank the citizens of District 26 for the privilege of representing you. It is my honor and pleasure to serve you.