SALEM — As the Republican House member from Bend, Cheri Helt has dealt with a lot of political friction over the past year.
She’s too liberal for Republicans and too conservative for Democrats.
She’s a Republican representing a district where Democrats are the biggest voting bloc.
She’s a freshman in a Legislature that bows to seniority.
She’s a moderate in a GOP caucus full of conservatives.
She’s a Republican in a House with a historic Democratic majority.
On top of it all is the way Helt even got to Salem. Democrats held a registration edge of 6,000 voters over the GOP in House District 54. But the 2018 campaigns of the two Democratic-backed candidates, Nathan Boddie and Amanda La Bell, imploded under scandals. Helt was the only viable candidate left on the ballot.