Huffman retains seat in Legislature

District 59 sending Republican back to House

Published Nov 7, 2012 at 01:26AM

Rep. John Huffman will hold on to his seat in the Oregon House.

Huffman, a Republican representing House District 59, had a sizable lead over challenger and Redmond Democrat Gary Ollerenshaw on Tuesday night.

“This is a job that I’m passionate about. I’m passionate about serving people and doing good things for Oregon,” Huffman said. “I’m not a career politician, I won’t be doing this forever. But I do still have work to be done on the way we budget in Oregon and trying to right-size government.”

Huffman, 55, is a retired radio broadcaster from The Dalles who owns and develops commercial property. He’s represented the district since 2007.

Ollerenshaw worked for G.I. Joe’s, a sporting goods retailer, for 26 years; owned his own business, a Quick Lube; and also served on the Redmond Fire District board.

House District 59 covers Jefferson and Wheeler counties, northern Deschutes and the west and south sections of Wasco County. The district includes the cities of Sisters and Madras.

Now that he’s got two more years to serve the area, Huffman said he had more work to do and looked forward to seeing who won other seats in the Oregon House to determine how he’ll fit in.

“We made some good progress in 2011. It was a good start with support out of the governor’s office, and I think we’ll have that support going into this next session,” Huffman said. “I’m always interested in working on jobs and the economy, and I support good initiatives, regardless of where they come from, like cutting red tape from bureaucracy and streamlining things.”

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