Rep. Paul Evans plays a campaign commercial on his phone in his Capitol office. Evans made the commercial in response to attack ads from his opponent, Selma Pierce. The commercial is from the perspective of his dog, Beau, to set the record straight. (Aubrey Wieber/Salem Reporter)

State Rep. Paul Evans has officially filed to run for a fourth term for a House seat that includes west Salem and parts of Polk County.

The Monmouth Democrat announced in a press release that he filed papers last week to appear on the 2020 ballot in what he expects to be “another hard, tough election.”

Evans was re-elected to the position in 2018 in a bruising election with 53% of the vote to Republican challenger Selma Pierce’s 46%. Pierce, a retired dentist, has already announced another run at the seat as has Kevin Chambers, a Republican Party activist who was recently elected chair of the West Salem Neighborhood Association.

In the press release, Evans highlighted his work on education, career training, veterans and small businesses. He said that he would build a “strong, grassroots coalition” to keep the seat while expanding his party’s legislative majority.

Although Evans only recently filed to appear on the ballot, his campaign committee has been active and has a current cash balance of $20,2978. Pierce has $22,080 and Chambers has $484.

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Paul Evans and Selma Pierce battled it out in one of Oregon’s most contentious races, in a district both parties will continue to fight for