Marion County Republican Rep. Rick Lewis is facing his first election to represent House District 18. He was Mayor of Silverton (the largest city in the district) when appointed to the seat upon the resignation of Rep. Vic Gilliam, who had held the seat for five terms, in 2017 just prior to the opening of the 79th Legislative Assembly. He stepped down as Silverton's mayor on the day he was sworn in, 23 February.
Representative Lewis retired from law enforcement in 2012 after nearly 40 years of service, including 28 years as Chief for three Oregon cities; the last 14 years in Silverton. He is a military veteran, having spent three years in the United States Army in the late 1960s and two years in the Wyoming National Guard.
He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He has served on numerous state and local boards and commissions throughout the years, including serving as chair of the Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards and Training, chair of the Oregon Public Safety Memorial Fund board, chair of the Police Policy Committee, member of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Advisory Committee, member of the Oregon Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee and many others.
Rep. Lewis has been honored to receive the Silverton Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police Lifetime Achievement Award, a Meritorious Achievement Award for his service in Iraq and many other awards throughout his 50+ years in public service. He is past Adjutant of the Silverton Delbert Reeves American Legion Post.
The IPO did not run a candidate and Rick received the most write-in votes to secure that nomination, too. He will face Barry Shapiro, also of Silverton, in November.
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