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When four-term Representative Sherrie Sprenger announced her retirement following the 2019 long session House District 17 turned into a Republican jungle. Seven candidates stepped forward to make their cases as to why district Republicans should elect him or her in the May Primary Election, knowing that the victor would be in the catbird seat for the November General Election. Riding her name familiarity in Lebanon, the largest city in the district, stemming from her years directing the annual Strawberry Festival, political novice Jami Cate secured the May victory and went on to claim 69% of the November vote in her first run for political office.
She will be in a position to make a big impact on behalf of her district immediately in this 81st Legislative Assembly: She will be Vice-Chair on the House Committee on Economic Recovery & Prosperity. Since District 17 communities in the Santiam Canyon suffered huge losses to the Beachie Creek and Lionshead complex wildfires, her placement on the House Special Committee on Wildfire Recovery is crucial. Her wealth of experience gained from years of leadership in the grass seed industry will pay dividends on the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources. Look for this star to rise quickly and shine brightly this session.
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