By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
A heated race for the Republication nomination in the House District 25 seat easily went to Bill Post on Tuesday.
Initial results released by the Marion County Elections office showed Post with 1,839 votes (76.75 percent), compared to 532 votes (22.2 percent) for challenger Barbara Jensen.
The winner is expected to face Chuck Lee in the fall. Lee entered the race as an independent.
The seat HD 25 seat is being vacated by Kim Thatcher, who first won the seat in the 2004 election but this year is running for the State Senate 13th District seat. She ran unopposed in Tuesday’s primary.
“It was a lot of hard work with a lot of great volunteers,” Post said. “I have to than the wonderful people in House District 25. They saw this is a conservative district and that’s what I am. I just think we did the right thing. We tracked right and reached out right. This is reflective of the district.”
Post didn’t expect the margin to be so large.
“I felt pretty confident, but not that kind of number,” he said.
Post has talked with politicians plenty over the years, but Tuesday was his first time as a candidate on primary night.
“I was as calm as could be all day, until about 5 p.m.,” Post said. “Then I got the flies in the stomach.”