Bend Bulletin Editorial: Mike McLane for House District 55

The race for House District 55 is noteworthy for how much Republican incumbent Mike McLane and Democratic challenger Karen Rippberger talk about the same thing: local control.

McLane, 53, says “one size does not fit all” when it comes to state land-use and water law. Rippberger, 63, emphasized that same theme when we spoke with her about schools, land-use and more. “The laws that work for Portland do not work here,” she said.

Regardless of that similarity, McLane is the best person to represent the district. His position as the House minority leader gives his district and the region a powerful voice in Salem. He has a proven record of using it effectively.

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