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Bonamici sails to victory in 1st Congressional District

Verbeek takes Republican primary
By Edward Stratton

The Daily Astorian

Published on May 15, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on May 17, 2018 11:14AM

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

John Verbeek

John Verbeek


U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici dominated the Democratic primary Tuesday for the 1st Congressional District.

The Oregon Democrat faced off against political newcomers Ricky Barajas, a dental office manager and student, and Michael Stansfield, a quality control engineer and author who works for a security company.

Bonamici amassed 92 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Stansfield totaled 4 percent and Barajas had 4 percent.

John Verbeek, a financial planner, was ahead of George Griffith, a mechanical design engineer, in the Republican primary to see who will face Bonamici in November. Preston Miller, an Army veteran studying at Portland State University, was a distant third.

Verbeek received 50 percent, Griffith 40 percent and Miller 8 percent.

The 1st Congressional District covers Clatsop, Columbia, Washington and Yamhill counties and a northwestern portion of Multnomah County. Republicans haven’t held the seat since 1974.

Bonamici, a consumer protection attorney, served four years in the state Legislature before being elected to Congress in 2012. She has raised more than $630,000 since the beginning of last year, according to the Federal Election Commission. Griffith was the only other candidate to report any contributions, totaling $817.



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