In Oregon, Democrats for years have controlled the state House of Representatives and the Senate. This election, Republicans hoped to narrow, if not take over, some of that control.

Newcomers jumped into races for the House and Senate, expressing frustration with current leaders and a desire to shift longtime district politics. There are attorneys, stay-at-home parents, social workers and educators vying for a seat in the Legislature.

Early election results indicated Republican Kim Thatcher was poised to take over the seat Democrat Peter Courtney held for decades. But on the flip side, Democrat Tom Andersen was on track to take over House District 19, which Republicans have held for two decades.

House District 17

Republican Ed Diehl was the only candidate on the ballot to represent House District 17. The district contains parts of east and South Salem, Turner, Aumsville, Stayton, Sublimity, Mill City and Detroit. It also contains several parts of unincorporated Marion County and northeast Linn County.

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