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Bentz resigning from Senate to focus on run for Congress

State Sen. Cliff Bentz (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – Local attorney Cliff Bentz will resign from the Oregon Senate to focus on his congressional campaign.

Bentz said his resignation from the Senate will be effective Jan. 2.

He revealed last month he intends to run for the congressional seat held by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River. Walden is retiring.

The 2nd Congressional District is one of the largest in the nation and covers about two-thirds of the state, including eastern Oregon.

“I am running for Greg Walden’s position and it will take every minute of my time that I can devote to it if I have any chance of winning,” said Bentz.

So far only one other candidate, Central Point resident Jason Atkinson, has declared to also seek Walden . . .