Republican incumbents lead in Legislative District 18 races

VANCOUVER — Republican incumbents in Legislative District 18 held sizeable leads over their Democratic challengers in the Nov. 8 General Election.

Legislative District 18 includes six of Clark County’s seven cities Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal and Yacolt — as well as the unincorporated areas of Brush Prairie, Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek.

As of the most current ballot count, taken at 4:58 p.m., Wed., Nov. 9, Republican state representative Brandon Vick, who serves Legislative District 18 in Position No. 1, had received more than 62 percent of the votes and beaten his Democratic challenger, Justin Oberg, by nearly 14,000 votes, with 35,122 votes going to Vick and 21,355 votes going to Oberg.

Likewise, Washington state Sen. Ann Rivers, a Republican who serves Legislative District 18, held a substantial lead over her opponent, Democrat Eric K. Holt, with 62.46  percent of the vote — 35,527 votes for Rivers versus 21,268 votes for Holt.

The race for state representative, Position No. 2 in Legislative District 18 was a bit closer, but Republican incumbent Liz Pike held steady, leading her opponent, Kathy Gillespie, by nearly 11 points, with 31,593 votes going to Pike and 25,156 votes going to Gillespie.

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About The Author

Kelly Moyer has been reporting for community newspapers since the mid-1990s, including the Newport News-Times on the Oregon Coast; the Lewistown Sentinel, a daily newspaper in central Pennsylvania; the Gresham Outlook, Wilsonville Spokesman, Sherwood Gazette and South County Spotlight newspapers in the Portland metro area; and The Reflector newspaper in Battle Ground, Wash. She also is the former managing editor of Midwifery Today, an international magazine for birth professionals. Kelly, a University of Oregon alumnus and Pennsylvania native, lives with her family in Northeast Portland.

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