Wingard was first appointed and then elected in 2008 to represent Oregon House District 26, which was considered at the time to be a possible swing district. Now, Republicans will have to find a candidate to run in November against Democratic candidate Wynne Wakkila. The election will probably require significantly more funds from the Republican side than if they were running a two-term incumbant. If Wakkila wins Wingard’s vacant seat, it could upset the 30/30 bipartisan balance in the Oregon House, depending on how other races shake out.
Do you live in Rep. Wingard’s district? What’s your reaction to his decision not to run for reelection? How do you think it will affect Oregon politics?