The campaign rhetoric is being kicked up a notch in the State Senate race between Incumbent Chris Telfer and her challenger Tim Knopp. You hear the campaign ads all the time, and lots of letters to the editor have dominated the local newspaper. Former Bend Mayor Bruce Abernethy is one of many lately, who has written a letter to support Telfer. He says he supports her even though they come from different parties. “I think I'm perceived as a Democrat. But she told me I think my candidate appeals across the specter. I’m no nonsense and people can respect that and move forward. From my perspective, I was trying to write a letter that said although I disagreed with her, she brings real assets to Salem.” Abernethy says Telfer is bright and creative, and unique in the Legislature, with her CPA background.