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Mon Nov 22, 2021, 07:00 AM

Republican Oregon state Rep. Jack Zika won't seek re-election in newly Democratic district

State Rep. Jack Zika, R-Redmond, will retire instead of seeking re-election in a redrawn House district that now favors Democrats.

Zika, a real estate agent elected to the House in 2018, cited a family illness and personal health in a press release announcing his decision.

This was a hard decision, but Im proud of all the work we have done together to bring much-needed resources for central Oregon, Zika said. I will forever cherish these memories and relationships, and I hope that anyone who runs for this position loves and appreciates this amazing community as much as I do. I want to thank each and every one of you for all your support, and I will truly miss being your State Representative.

Bend attorney Emerson Levy, a Democrat who lost to Zika in the 2020 election, announced last month that she would run again. Provided the legislative boundaries redrawn after the 2020 census withstand an ongoing legal challenge, the new House District 53 will contain most of north Bend and southwest Redmond, two quickly-growing areas that trend Democratic.

Read more: https://oregoncapitalchronicle.com/briefs/republican-oregon-state-rep-jack-zika-wont-seek-re-election-in-newly-democratic-district/

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