ONTARIO—Oregon State Senator Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) today announced that he will be running for the Republican nomination to the Oregon 2nd Congressional District seat, currently held by Greg Walden.
“Congressman Walden has done (and is still doing) a great job as Oregon's only Republican Congressman. It was a surprise to learn that he has decided not to run again," Bentz, who represents Baker County in the Oregon Senate, said in a press release.
“After serving 10 years in the Oregon House of Representatives as the Republican State Representative from District 60, and almost 2 years in the Oregon State Senate as the Republican State Senator for District 30, I am announcing that I will be seeking the Republican nomination in the May Primary for the Oregon 2nd Congressional District seat.”
“The challenges in Washington, D.C., are great. However, based upon my years of working as a rancher, farmer, attorney, and as member of the Republican party successfully passing legislation in a Legislature controlled by Democrats, I feel confident that I can adequately represent the people of the 2nd Congressional District of Oregon," Bentz said.
He will be establishing a Congressional campaign team over the next several weeks.