Oregon’s congressional delegation is finally whole again.
After having spent nearly six months without representation in Congress, voters in the Beaver State’s 1st Congressional District (which spans the northwestern part of the state) finally got the chance this month to choose a new representative to serve them in the U.S. House. And tonight, with the first batch of ballots tallied and reported, it’s clear who their choice is: Democrat Suzanne Bonamici.
Bonamici, a former state legislator, presently holds a commanding lead over Republican rival Rob Cornilles, according to results released just minutes ago. She has a greater percentage of the vote than all three of her opponents combined.
Just take a look at these returns:
James Foster: 3.11% (4,413 votes)
Rob Cornilles: 37.52% (53,215 votes)
Suzanne Bonamici: 55.97% (79,386 votes)
Steven Reynolds: 3.15% (4,473 votes)
Write-in Votes: 0.25% (348 votes)
Bonamici will succeed David Wu, who resigned in disgrace from the House last August only a few weeks after The Oregonian reported that he made unwanted sexual overtures towards the daughter of one of his friends and campaign donors.
Prior to her campaign for Congress, Bonamici had won election three times to Oregon’s Legislature. She was elected in 2006 to Oregon’s House, then later appointed to serve in Oregon’s Senate. She successfully defended her Senate seat in 2008 and again in 2010.
Bonamici brings some diversity to the Pacific Northwest’s congressional delegation, which is dominated by men. (Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the region’s only female members, and they both serve in the United States Senate). She is expected to be sworn into office in a few days.
Congratulations to Suzanne and her campaign for winning tonight and winning big. Oregon’s 1st may be a Democratic district, but no election is a sure thing.
We look forward to seeing Suzanne join the House Democratic caucus in the Other Washington, and contribute to the well-being of our region.