Oregon Republicans start the process, next week, to replace Ontario State Senator Cliff Bentz who is stepping down to pursue Congressman Greg Walden’s seat.
GOP party officials from Senate District 30 will meet January fourth to nominate three to five people for the position.
The final decision is made January sixth by County Commissioners from the 11 counties that make up the district, including Deschutes and Jefferson. District 30 covers the largest geographic area in the state.
Bentz was appointed to Oregon’s State House in 2008, and served 10 years before being selected to replace Sen. Ted Ferrioli in 2018. In October, Bentz announced he would run for the Second Congressional District, held by Rep. Walden for 20 years. Walden had previously said he would not seek re-election.