Yesterday, former State Rep. Knute Buehler announced he would be running to fill Greg Walden’s seat in Congress.
On his campaign website, Buehler states that “Too often, the voices of those of us in Eastern, Central and Southern Oregon are disrespected or ignored – left behind and left out by Portland liberals and D.C. elites. In Congress, I’ll fight for our conservative values and for the people and place I call home.”
The Oregon Republican was elected state representative for the 54th district in 2015 and served until January 2019. In 2018 he ran for the position of Governor, losing to Kate Brown by almost 120,000 votes, roughly 6.3 percent of the electorate.
Buehler is fiscally conservative and has voiced opposition to universal healthcare and Oregon’s sanctuary status. At the same time, he is also pro-choice and a supporter of gay rights.
His opposition for the Second Congressional District seat include Republicans Sen. Cliff Bentz of Ontarioand former Sen. Jason Atkinson of Central Point, and Democrat Raz Mason, executive director of the CO2 Foundation.
Walden was first elected to represent Oregon’s 2nd congressional district in 1998 – earlier this year, he announced he will not be seeking another term.