Some internal polling after the primary showed Democrat Charlene Pesquiera dead even with Republican Al Melvin. The RINO hunters on the Republican side may have overplayed their hand here. Even though they can’t stand the “liberalism” (their word) of Toni Hellon and Pete Hershberger, it may, in fact, be reflective of the sort of Republicans that live in the district.
The State Democratic Party is looking at the place for a possible pickup. The party has sent in Katie Bolger, a fantastic organizer, to take care of things in the district. Folks that have observed the volunteer operation have been very impressed by the amount of people they have been able to put on the streets.
(Quick, name the last Democrats to represent the area we now call District 26. Hint, it wasn’t called District 26 back then.)
The organization is also in place to help house candidate Lena Saradnik. The way we elect house members can invite all sorts of mischief, and Saradnik could slip in if enough Democratic voters chose not to use their second votes, and moderate Hershberger voters give her their second vote. Given how Melvin and Dave Jorgenson feel about moderate Republicans, I don’t know why they should expect their votes anyway.
NB – Back in the old District 12, Reid Ewing was a State Representative in the 1980’s. In the 1970’s, Sue Dye was a State Senator from the area. Also serving as a State Representative from the district for a single term was, of all people, John Kromko.