Katie Boshart Glaser has taken a sizable leads against Nicole De Graff in the Republican primary for Oregon House District 11.
The winner takes on Democratic incumbent Marty Wilde in November.
Glaser led by 3,239 votes to 2,105 for De Graff in early unofficial returns in Tuesday’s Republican primary. Wilde, who is seeking his second term, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary in the district, which includes Linn and Lane counties.
The district includes parts of Eugene, Creswell, Brownsville and rural chunks of Lane and Linn. Residents in Linn County who live south of Highway 34 and west of Lebanon and Sweet Home are generally included in House District 11.
Glaser built her lead mainly on a strong showing in Linn County, where she led De Graff by more than 1,000 votes. Glaser, 33, lives between Lebanon and Brownsville. She describes herself as a farmer business owner and volunteer. Educated at Santiam Christian High School and Linn-Benton Community College, she has served as president of Linn-Benton Women for Agriculture, director for Oregon Women for Agriculture and as a board member for Linn County Farm Bureau.
Key issues she has said she hopes to work on include farms and forestry, mental health and K-12 and trade education.
A primary and November general election victory for Glaser likely would mean a pair of sisters would be serving in the Oregon House. Shelly Boshart Davis represents House District 15 and ran unopposed in the Republican primary Tuesday night. She will be a heavy favorite to win a second term in November.
De Graff is a homemaker who has served with schools and with the Lane County GOP. A Springfield resident, she has a small business management certificate and currently is studying in the paralegal program at Umpqua Community College.
De Graff says he is not a “career politician” and wants to eliminate government waste, fix the unemployment insurance claim system, shrink government red tape so Oregonians can get more money back in their pocket.
Wilde, a Eugene resident, is a former deputy district attorney in Linn County and a colonel in the Oregon Air National Guard. Educated at the University of the Maryland, the University of Houston and the University of Oregon, he says his key issues are education, health care and housing.