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Witt to seek re-election

Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, announced that he is running for reelection Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Vernonia School.

“I have worked tirelessly to support policies that allow us to get people back to work, provide our kids with a world-class education, and lay the ground work for a sustainable economy that will support our families for generations to come,” Witt said. “Our work together to provide the funding needed to build this school is a testament to our commitment to the future of our community.”

by: FILE PHOTO - Witt Witt has represented Columbia County in the Oregon House of Representatives since 2005, when he succeeded now-Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose.

Johnson has said she will run for reelection as well.

Witt’s District 31, which also takes in parts of rural Multnomah and Washington counties, is a Democratic-leaning constituency. According to the Oregon Elections Division, no candidates have filed to run for election next year in the district.

Witt won reelection last year with 53.2 percent of the vote to Republican challenger Lew Barnes’ 41.7 percent, a victory margin of 3,388 votes.

Last year’s reelection came after Witt mounted a bid for Congress to succeed former Democratic Rep. David Wu, who resigned in 2011 amid allegations of misconduct. Witt came in third in the Democratic primary behind then-Sen. Suzanne Bonamici of Portland, who went on to win the special election.