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Knute Buehler announces campaign for Oregon’s Second Congressional District

Buehler is seeking the seat that will be left open by Rep. Greg Walden's retirement at the end of his term.

Posted: Dec 10, 2019 12:38 PM
Updated: Dec 10, 2019 3:33 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Knute Buehler is running for Oregon's Second Congressional District. The former-gubernatorial candidate and Oregon state lawmaker made the announcement Tuesday.

In a social media post, Buehler cited bigger government, more regulations, the Green New Deal, and healthcare as issues he wants to tackle.

"Emboldened by their wins last cycle, the arrogance of Kate Brown and the liberal extremists has only grown. Too often, the voices of those of us in Central, Eastern and Southern Oregon are disrespected or ignored – left behind and left out by Portland liberals and D.C. elites," Buehler's campaign said in a statement to supporters.

Buehler challenged and lost to Governor Kate Brown in the 2018 election.

U.S. Representative Greg Walden currently holds the Congressional District seat. In October, he announced he'd be retiring at the end of his term. Shortly after Walden's announcement, Buehler said that he was "giving consideration" to a run for the post.

"The retirement of Oregon’s only Republican Congressman, Greg Walden, leaves open a very important seat — a seat we must keep in Republican hands — but a seat that Kate Brown and Portland liberals very much want to take away from us," Buehler's campaign said on Tuesday.

Several other candidates have announced their campaigns to replace Walden, including former state lawmaker Jason Atkinson and current state Sen. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario).

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