BEND, OR -- Bend businessman Sam Carpenter officially launched his campaign Wednesday, for the Republican nomination to unseat U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in the fall. The 67-year-old owner of Centratel, a telephone answering service, tells KBND News his business experience will help him take on an entrenched incumbent. "The entrenchment is the problem, isn’t it this year? - If you look at Trump and Bush - And there’s other problems happening in this state that need to be pointed out. I’m a turnaround specialist. That’s what I do. I turn around businesses and I’ve been doing it for a while. I turned my business around and I’ve been doing it with hundreds of other across the country. Up to a half a billion dollars in size." Carpenter ran for Senator Jeff Merkley's (D-OR) seat in 2013, but dropped out of that race a month into his campaign. He chose, instead, to endorse fellow Bend resident Jason Conger, who later lost in the primary to Dr. Monica Wehby.
"What I’ll be doing is traveling the state, especially around the edges, to the rural areas and get our conservative voters to vote again. Stir things up and let them know," Carpenter says. "It’s going to be 'press the flesh' and raise money."
He says if he wins, he’ll serve only two terms.