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Esquivel will retain his House seat

Sal Esquivel will continue to represent House District 6 in the state Legislature, a seat he’s held since 2005.

With an estimated 70 percent of the votes tallied at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Esquivel had 14,576 votes, or 56 percent, against challenger Mike Moran, who won the Democratic nomination after a write-in campaign in May. Moran had 43 percent, or 11,116 votes.

"I'm very pleased with the results," Esquivel said from the Jackson County Republican celebration at the Rogue Valley Country Club.

Esquivel had faced Moran in 2006, when he held onto his seat by a narrow margin. Esquivel called his opponent a "good guy," and commended the campaign that he ran.

"Neither of us went negative," Esquivel said.

He described the outcome as in-line with recent polls.

Esquivel will continue serving in his role of vice chairman of the Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee. In previous reports, Esquivel said he’d focus on the economy, including regulations on small businesses and reducing their tax burden.

He's currently pushing a bill requiring employers to report failed drug tests to the employment department, on grounds that the individual is no longer employable.

He's also hoping to implement legislative oversight of administrative rules, meaning new rules enacted by state agencies would need to be run by elected lawmakers to ensure they are within the spirit of the legislation.

"I want them (the agencies) to be held accountable," Esquivel said.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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