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Interim Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Winston, will keep his state Senate seat. In unofficial final results released Wednesday night by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, the Republican senator defeated Democratic challenger Shannon Souza of Coos Bay by 64.3 percent to 35.5 percent.

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Interim Rep. Gary Leif, R-Roseburg, will keep his House District 2 seat. In unofficial final results released Wednesday morning by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, Leif defeated Democratic challenger Megan Salter 66.2 percent to 33.6 percent.

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Shannon Souza will be allowed a seat at a Tuesday candidate forum after all. The League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley announced Friday it was reversing an earlier decision to not seat Souza. The original decision was made because her opponent, Interim Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Winston, had dec…

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Cedric Hayden and Christy Inskip, candidates for state House District 7, which includes North Douglas County, will attend the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley candidate forum on Tuesday.