By Tom Henderson • Staff Writer • 

Noble defeats Moore's second challenge

Ken Moore mounted a successful write-in campaign to win the Democratic primary May 15 for House District 24, but in the end, he was unable to unseat incumbent Republican state Rep. Ron Noble.

Wednesday morning returns reflected 55.88 percent of the votes for Noble to 43.99 percent to Moore.

Those percentages equate to 14,336 votes for Noble and 11,284 for Moore.

"It's humbling to have the voters select you to represent them," Noble said on election night.

He said he didn't have any election night victory party planned. "We're just hanging out having pizza with friends, relaxing and taking it all in. We didn't see the need for a big thing."

Noble, who served as McMinnville's police chief from 2006 to 2014, was elected to the House in 2016 -- replacing retiring state Rep. Jim Weidner

He attended Oregon State University in 1978 and 1979 and Seattle Pacific University from 1980 until 1983. Noble served in the Corvallis police department from 1988 until 2006 before moving to McMinnville.

He first defeated Moore with 55 percent of the vote in 2016 in what became an aggressive campaign.

After Moore won the Democratic nomination in May, he was quiet on the political radar until campaign signs began sprouting up throughout the district this month -- particularly in Dundee and Lafayette.

Moore told the News-Register in October  he was caught off guard by his primary victory and needed time to build a campaign from scratch.

Noble received 151 Democratic write-in votes during the primary, but Moore received 242.

In Yamhill County, Noble had 11,872 votes, or 56.27 percent, while Moore earned 9,197 votes, or 43.59 percent.

In Washington County, Nobel had 2,464 votes, 54.09 percent, to Moore's 2,087 votes, 45.82 percent.



We need more politicians like Ron Noble. I really like this guy and am glad he will continue to represent us.

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