David Edwards withdraws re-election bid

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State Representative David Edwards (D-Hillsboro) has decided to end his bid for re-election, citing health concerns for his wife and a desire to spend time with his family. (He's not resigning from the legislature, however, and will serve through the end of the year.)

Democratic precinct committee people will select a new nominee. Edwards immediately endorsed Doug Ainge for the spot. Ainge is a well-liked and longtime teacher, who may be best known as the father of New York Jets quarterback Erik Ainge (and the brother of Danny Ainge, the former Blazer player and current Boston Celtics president of basketball operations.)

The Republican nominee is Hillsboro attorney Shawn Lindsay.

Our best wishes to the Edwards family and here's to hopes for a speedy recovery.

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    That's a big loss for the Oregon legislature and all Oregonians.

    Rep. Edwards is one of Oregon's most forthright, smart, skilled legislators. My thoughts are with him and his family.

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    The Washington County Democratic Party will hold a nominating convention on Tuesday July 13th to elect a Democratic candidate to replace Representative Edwards in the November election. Pursuant to Oregon law and Democratic Party bylaws, elected or appointed Democratic Precinct Committee Persons from HD30 are eligible to vote in the convention. Visit http://www.washcodems.org/ for more information. Our best wishes go to David & Michelle Edwards, we thank them for their service to the community and the state.

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    David Edwards has been an incredible asset and advocate for his district and for the people of Oregon. His erudition and intelligence attracted Republican attacks that he was "out of step" with his district, yet the voters sent him back to Salem in 2008 with a resounding majority over "favorite son" Andy Duyck. He achieved his electoral success by dint of hard work and lots of shoe leather. His work as negotiator on the budget will be sorely missed. I wish him and his family the best.

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    It was an honor to serve with David Edwards in the 2007 session. He is an exceptional legislator who significantly raised the level of discussion with his intelligent floor speeches. He will be especially missed by the Washington County delegation. I thank him for his service and wish the entire Edwards family my very best.

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