State Sen. Cliff Bentz's announcement this week that he will seek to replace the retiring Greg Walden in Congress has already had an effect, with state Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, announcing Thursday morning that he will run for Bentz's seat in the Oregon Senate.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve the people of Senate District 30," Findley said in a press release.

District 30 includes Baker County.

Findley has already stepped into Bentz's seat in the Legislature. That was in January 2018, when Findley was appointed to replace Bentz after Bentz, previously a state representative, was appointed to replace Ted Ferrioli as a state senator.

Findley ran unopposed in the 2018 election and was elected to a two-year term.

"I believe I am the right person to continue Senator Bentz's work in the Senate," Findley said.

See more in Friday's issue of the Baker City Herald.

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