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Republican incumbent Mike Nearman has announced plans to seek re-election in Oregon House District 23.

Nearman, an Independence software engineer, was first elected in 2014. The rural district includes parts of Benton, Polk, Marion and Yamhill counties.

“It has truly been an honor representing my community and their values and priorities in the Oregon Legislature,” said Nearman. “During the time I have been a state representative I have worked hard to find solutions to some of the toughest problems our district and state face.

“While we have many challenges ahead of us, I believe I have the experience and positive relationships to take on some big problems and continue to effectively lead for my district.”

One of those challenges for 2018, Nearman said, is addressing the unfunded Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). Nearman has introduced a bill that would create a new retirement plan for public workers.

Nearman defeated three-term incumbent Jim Thompson in the 2014 GOP primary and went on to defeat Wanda Davis in the general election. In 2016 Nearman defeated Thompson, then running as an Independent, in the general election.

No Democrat filed papers in 2016. However, Polk County resident Daniel Jaffer, board president of the Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative, has announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination.

The primary is May 15, and the general election is Nov. 6.

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