By Tyler Leeds

The Bulletin

State Rep. John Huffman easily secured the Republican nomination for Oregon House District 59 Tuesday night, overwhelmingly defeating challenger Britt Storkson. No Democrats filed for the race.

Huffman, 57, of The Dalles, was appointed to the seat in 2007 when former Rep. John Dallum moved out of the district. Huffman serves as vice chairman of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee and also sits on the Education, Ways and Means, Veterans’ Services and Emergency Preparedness and Capital Construction committees.

“It’s just going to be business as usual,” Huffman said. “I’ll be representing the district and doing the best governing and policymaking I can do.

“I’ve got some bills in the hopper and there are concepts I’m working on.”

Huffman said one area he will focus on is creating rules for the use of technology that automatically reads license plate numbers.

“We want to make sure as we embrace new technology we consider rights that need to be protected,” Huffman said.

Storkson, 59, of The Dalles, also lost to Huffman in the 2010 primary. Prior to his first run, Storkson repeatedly ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Wasco Electric Co-op.

District 59 includes northern Deschutes, western Wasco, Wheeler and Jefferson counties.

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