You could say that Bend surgeon and Republican Knute Buehler was moved to run for state Rep. Jason Conger’s soon-open seat — or, to be more precise, he had to move in order to make the campaign announced Sunday possible.
Buehler, a 49-year-old orthopedic surgeon at The Center in Bend, garnered more than 727,000 votes statewide in his fall 2012 bid to unseat Democrat Kate Brown as secretary of state. But in a state where Democrats hold a sizable voter registration advantage, Buehler still lost his first political campaign, 51 to 43 percent.
This year, moving from a home just outside the Oregon House District 54 boundaries played a role in his pondering and preparation to run for the seat Conger is giving up to run for Sen. Jeff Merkley’s job — if he succeeds in a crowded May GOP primary field.
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