Figure in Oregon Republican political circles dies in Salem

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Salem community leader and retired dentist Selma Pierce, who was the Republican nominee for a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives this year and whose husband was the GOP candidate for governor in 2016, has died after she was struck by a vehicle while walking in West Salem. Salem police said Pierce, 66, was apparently on the road when a Chevrolet SUV struck her Tuesday evening. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with officers. Pierce won the Republican primary in 2018 and 2020 for the House seat, but fell short of unseating the Democratic incumbent.