Christine Drazan runs for House# 51, creates contested primary.

By Oregon Campaign Watch

Former Oregon State Representative, former House Republican Leader and former 2022 Oregon Governor candidate Christine Drazan has announced her run for State House of Representative seat #51.  The current incumbent is Republican State Representative James Heib who says he plans to run this year which makes this a rare contested primary.  It is considered even more rare by the fact that it involves two people who have served in the position.  Below is Christine Drazan’s press release.


Christine Drazan Declares Candidacy For Oregon’s 51st House District
By Christine Drazan campaign Press Release,

CANBY, Ore. – Today, Christine Drazan entered the race for Oregon’s 51st House District. She released the following statement on her candidacy:

“From growing up in Southern Oregon to raising a family in Canby, I’ve been proud to call myself a lifelong Oregonian. There is no better, more beautiful, place to call home.

Despite unparalleled possibility, those who control the levers of power have failed to uphold their duty to the Oregonians who elected them. With rampant crime and homelessness in our major cities, failing schools that leave our children behind, crushing regulations along with the highest taxes in the nation, that has added to a growing affordability crisis, Oregon faces challenges that will not be overcome with more of the same.

I cannot in good conscience remain on the sidelines as Oregon’s leaders push our state further into decline. That’s why today I’m declaring my candidacy for Oregon’s 51st House District. I look forward to continuing to serve my community and to fighting for common-sense solutions for our state’s challenges.”

The 51st House District encompasses significant portions of Clackamas County, including Canby, Eagle Creek, Estacada, and Sandy. Christine previously represented the area from 2019 to 2022. Christine also received the endorsement of Matt Bunch, who had previously filed for the same district, but will now be withdrawing and supporting Christine. He released the following statement

“I have really enjoyed getting to know my neighbors in House District 51 over the last few months of my campaign. I’ve been outspoken that Sandy, Estacada and Canby deserve a strong leader and voice in Salem on the important issues facing our communities.

When Christine Drazan let me know that she wanted to return to her position as state representative, I was excited she was stepping up and proud to support her. On all of the issues we campaigned on, from repealing Measure 110, to being a strong voice for parents in their children’s education, to maintaining local control in our communities, Christine has been a fighter for years.

I appreciate all the support I’ve received and I know those people will be excited to support Christine as well.”