State Sen. Betsy Johnson announced Friday she has filed for re-election to her Oregon Senate seat.

Johnson, D-Scappoose, was appointed to the position in January to replace longtime senator Joan Dukes, who vacated the seat following her appointment to the Northwest Power and Conservation Planning Council.

Johnson was picked to fill the remainder of Dukes' term, which is will be on the ballot next year.

Senate District 16 covers Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties, part of Washington County and Sauvie Island in Multnomah County.

Prior to her appointment, Johnson served two terms in the Oregon House. In the Senate she served on the budget-writing Joint Ways and Means Committee in the 2005 session.

"I am very grateful for being so warmly welcomed throughout the district and have enjoyed meeting many new constituents and learning more about the issues and concerns unique to the coast," Johnson said in a release issued Friday.

Johnson and her husband John Helm own and operate Trans western Aviation in Scappoose.


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