Bentz will seek state Senate post

By Pat Caldwell
The Enterprise
ONTARIO – State Rep. Cliff Bentz will soon reach out to county commissioners and Republican Party officials in his district to seek an appointment to the Oregon Senate.
The opportunity developed with word that state Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, would step down soon to accept a seat on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
The regional council creates and sustains programs that balance environmental and energy needs. Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington are represented on the council. The council consists of eight members appointed by the governors of the four states.
Ferrioli, elected to the Senate in 1996, has served nearly five terms and represents a district that covers Baker, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Malheur, Wheeler and portions of Clackamas, Deschutes, Lake, Marion and Wasco counties.
Bentz, a member of the House for 10 years, said he hopes he is selected to fill . . .