Two more candidates enter the race for HD26

by NW Spotlight

Two more Republicans have joined the race to replace Rep. Matt Wingard in this November’s election for state House District 26, Wilsonville. Both are attorneys.

57-year old Richard Vial, of Hillsboro, has been a school board member and currently serves on the Washington County Planning Commission. The Oregonian reports that Vial “labels himself a fiscal conservative who says government should support business growth, but that ‘social design’ should be left to family, church and the local community.”

59-year old Randy Harvey, of Sherwood, retired from working in public schools and is now a lawyer. He won a Toastmasters award in 2004 for his public speaking skills. Harvey holds numerous degrees – his website notes that he holds a Masters in Education, a Bachelors of History, and a Bachelors of Education from Eastern Oregon University, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and a law degree from the Concord School of Law.

Richard Vial and Randy Harvey join Lindsay Berschauer and John Davis, who previously announced their candidacy.

More candidates may come forward before the Friday, July 6 filing deadline. The nominee will be chosen Monday, July 9 and will run in the November general election against the Democratic candidate, Wynne Wakkila.