Update: Barton (D) won't seek re-election in HD 40
Update 2: I have added a chart at the bottom of this post showing current voter registration in HD 40. I also have converted the charts from raw numbers to percentages to make them easier to understand. If you'd like the raw data let me know.
Update: Willamette Week notes this was the most expensive house seat in 2014. Both sides combined to spend $1.24 million on this seat.
Election season has already come to Oregon as potential candidates have begun to announce their intentions in 2016. Often news about who isn't running is just as important as who is running. This is one of those cases.
Yesterday Brent Barton announced he won't seek re-election in House District 40. This is a swing seat that Republicans targeted in 2012, and 2014 but have been unable to win.
The seat was previously held by former Speaker Dave Hunt (D).
Below are the election results for the district from 2014 and 2012. I'm working on getting current voter registration numbers and will update the post if/when I get them.