Salem Councilor Jackie Leung ends House campaign

Jackie Leung, candidate for House District 19. (Courtesy/Jackie Leung)

Salem city Councilor Jackie Leung is exiting the race for a state legislative seat, citing an “unforeseeable personal health matter.”

Leung was one of three Democrats seeking the nomination for House District 19, which covers much of south Salem.

In an email to supporters Friday and a statement on her website, Leung said she was suspending her campaign.

You have been a major source of inspiration and I thank you all for your willingness to engage and work with my campaign to get it where it is. Time and again I called upon you for support. Together we knocked on hundreds of doors, made call after call reminding people to vote, and to encourage them to vote for me. Thank you all so much for the trust you placed in me. It has meant the world,” the statement read.

She did not respond to a call and email from Salem Reporter Monday afternoon.

Leung’s announcement said she will serve out her term on the Salem City Council through the end of the year.

She was running for the legislative seat against fellow Councilor Tom Andersen, and Rep. Brad Witt, who currently represents House District 31, covering much of Columbia County.

Leung did not endorse an opponent in the race.

I encourage you to vote – vote for a candidate you believe in and who will represent your needs in the state legislature,” her statement said.

-Rachel Alexander