March 19th, 2014 | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: Legislature, Politics, Business

Stimson Lumber Continues Investment in House Races

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Stimson Lumber has made two more $30,000 contributions to GOP House candidates. Following an earlier contribution to Salem IT consultant Barbara Jensen, filings show that Stimson gave $30,000 to Jodi Bailey, who is running in House District 51, which covers Happy Valley, Sunnyside and Clackamas.

Bailey faces a challenge from Brandon Miles in the GOP primary. The winner will try to unseat first-term Rep. Shemia Fagan (D-Clackamas) in the November general election. Fagan's district has one of the narrowest Democratic registration advantages in the Metro area—Democrats outnumber Republicans by 2,000 registered voters—and so the GOP will probably put significant resources into that race.

The other newly disclosed $30,000 check is going to Matt Geiger, a GOP candidate in House District 22 (Woodburn). Geiger has no opposition in the primary and will face five-term incumbent Rep. Betty Komp (D-Woodburn) in November. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 2,400 voters in the district.

Democrats currently hold a 34 to 26 advantage in the Oregon House.

 
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