Former State Rep. Knute Buehler of Bend said Tuesday he is considering a run for the congressional seat Rep. Greg Walden is leaving next year.
The local doctor and former GOP gubernatorial candidate released a statement Tuesday praising Walden for his leadership.
“Oregon is better for the leadership of Greg Walden in Congress and Salem,” Buehler said. “Greg is a champion for small business and the values of limited, effective government. Rural Oregon will miss his powerful and thoughtful voice.”
Buehler’s statement went on to say he is “giving consideration to seeking the GOP nomination” and is talking with his wife, family and supporters about how he can best serve the people of Congressional District 2.
Buehler served two terms representing District 54 in the Oregon House, winning elections in 2014 and 2016. He lost his gubernatorial bid to Democrat Kate Brown in 2018.
Late Tuesday Republican Oregon State Sen. Cliff Bentz of Ontario announced that he will run for the seat Walden has held for 20 years.
“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.”
“I look forward to meeting with Oregon voters over the few months between now and Oregon’s Primary Election.”