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Ontatrio’s Bentz caps long political career with seat in Congress

Cliff Bentz, Ontario attorney, discusses his election to be U.S. representative in Oregon's 2nd Congressional District in an interview on Thursday, Nov. 5. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

ONTARIO – Cliff Bentz is going to get pretty used to the Boise Airport following his election last week to Congress.

Bentz, an attorney and longtime public official, will serve as U.S. representative starting in January, succeeding the retiring Greg Walden. His cross-country commutes from his Congressional office back to his Oregon district will take him through the airport, an hour’s drive from Ontario.

The first announcement of Oregon election results on Tuesday, Nov. 3, had Bentz well ahead of his Democratic opponent, Alex Spenser of Klamath Falls. Bentz ultimately won with 60% of the vote.

Bentz was at his Ontario home election night . . .