Democrat vies for Bend, Oregon, Statehouse seat

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A county prosecutor in Bend, Oregon, announced Wednesday he will run as a Democratic candidate for a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives currently held by a Republican. With just under three weeks before the deadline for candidates to file for office, Deschutes County Deputy District Attorney Jason Kropf announced his candidacy the for House district encompassing Bend, one of Oregon’s fastest-growing cities and where registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans. The seat is currently held by Cheri Helt, a restaurateur from Bend. Kropf said that if elected, he would fight for education funding, affordable housing and against global warming.