Filling Vacancy Left By Departure of Rep. John Huffman
Wilsonville, OR – Meeting together at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Madras yesterday, three County Commissioners from each of Deschutes, Jefferson, Wasco, Wheeler Counties selected Daniel Bonham for House District 59 State Representative filling the vacancy left by the departure of Rep. John Huffman.
The three Republican nominees considered – small business owner Daniel Bonham, director & chair of the Redmond Patriots Bob Perry, and Jefferson Co. Commissioner Mae Huston – were chosen from a total field of five candidates by a vote of the Republican Precinct Committee Persons comprising House District 59 at a special nominating convention held by the Oregon Republican Party on Saturday, November 11th in Madras, Oregon. In making the appointment yesterday, commissioners interviewed the three Republican nominees and cast their votes which were weighted according to the number of voters from their counties registered within the boundaries of State House District 59.
“Thank you to all three Republicans for stepping up to be considered for this appointment. I offer my best wishes to all of the candidates and my congratulations to Representative-designate Bonham,” said Bill Currier, Chair of the Oregon Republican Party.
Bonham will be officially sworn in as the House District 59 Representative by the Speaker of the House Kotek before the next Oregon Legislature session starting February 1st, 2018. This seat is one of four vacated, Republican-held legislative seats to be filled prior to the 2018 session.
On October 30th, 2017, Republican Representative John Huffman resigned from office to take a position with the Federal Department of Agriculture leading the agencies overseeing rural development in Oregon. Huffman’s replacement will serve for the remainder of the two-year term, which, in this case, is until January 13, 2019.
“We thank Rep. Huffman for his service to Oregon and look forward to Representative-designate Bonham carrying on the vital work of advancing Republican solutions as an alternative to the failed Democrat One-Party-State in Salem,” added Chair Currier.
The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. Its Chairman and officers are dedicated to promoting Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.