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Wilde Defeats Herbert In Oregon's 11th House District Contest

Brian Bull

In the race for Oregon’s 11th House District, Democrat Marty Wilde bested Republican rival Mark Herbert.

By 10:30 Tuesday night, Herbert conceded that even with more votes left to count, the lead Wilde held was probably too great to overcome. Herbert says he and his rival championed many of the same issues.

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Mark Herbert, 2018 Republican candidate for Oregon's 11th House District.

“Education, dealing with homelessness, and things like that," says Herbert.

"So I think when it came down to it, the differences between Marty and I were really about our approach, rather than what the fundamental issues were.”

Herbert acknowledged the “Trump Factor” played into his defeat in reliably blue Oregon, despite being a moderate Republican. 

Meanwhile, Marty Wilde told KLCC his immediate priorities.

“Ah, education, healthcare, and housing. That’s what the voters told me they wanted, and that’s what I hope to do.”

Both candidates were seeking to fill a vacancy left when Democrat Phil Barnhart chose not to run again after 17 years in office. 

Copyright 2018, KLCC.

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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