A retired U.S. Army colonel from Douglas County, a conservative activist who switched from a race in Arizona and a 2020 candidate for the U.S. Senate in Arizona have filed to run against US Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario.

Rep. Cliff Bentz

Rep. Cliff Bentz

Bentz is seeking a second two-year term representing the 2nd Congressional District, which covers nearly all of eastern, central and much of southwestern Oregon. The sprawling, mostly rural area, already had a strong Republican-tilt that was made even more pronounced under redistricting that extracted northern Deschutes County, the district’s largest Democratic enclave, and moved it into the 5th Congressional District.