Jason Atkinson

Jason Atkinson

CENTRAL POINT — Former Republican state lawmaker Jason A. Atkinson announced today he will seek the Republican nomination for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District.

Rep. Greg Walden said last month that he will not seek re-election in 2020 to represent the 2nd District, which covers all over Oregon east of the Cascades, as well as Jackson County and part of Josephine County in the state’s southwest corner.

State Sen. Cliff Bentz, who represents Baker County in the Legislature, earlier announced that he would seek the Republican nomination as well.

“It has been my honor to represent Southern Oregon and be a champion in the State Legislature for the issues we care about most,” Atkinson said in a press release. “After heartfelt counsel with my family, I have decided I can continue to best serve our Oregon by filing to run for Representative to the Second Congressional District.”

Atkinson’s first job in politics 28 years ago was as an intern for the Congressman Bob Smith, who represented the 2nd District. At 26 Atkinson ran for the Oregon House of Representatives and won followed by three terms as an Oregon State Senator from Southern Oregon. In 2013, he did not seek re-election to spend more time with his family.

“I have always believed public service is honorable and I will do my best to make a positive impact on people’s lives,” Atkinson said. “I vow to take all of the voices from southern, central and eastern Oregon, a lifetime of relationships, with me to our Nation’s Capital and uphold the legacy of Congressman Greg Walden.”

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