Government, politics, Salem

Four hours before filing deadline, State Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell drops out of race

Rep. Mitchell speaks to western Washington County residents at a Dec 12 2018 CPO meeting in Gales Creek. Photo: Chas Hundley

ASTORIA - Citing a pending move to Washington, Oregon House District 32 state representative Tiffiny Mitchell announced that she would not seek reelection on Tuesday afternoon. 

The announcement came as the window to file to run for office in the May 19 primary narrows, with applications accepted up to 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

With Mitchell out of the race, two new candidates have said they will run in the last hours before the filing window closes at 5 p.m. today: Debbie Boothe-Schmidt, a Clatsop County trial assistant who confirmed in a phone call Tuesday afternoon with the Banks Post that she would seek election to Mitchell's seat, and George Kiepke, a former Clatsop County commissioner.

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