Bend City Councilor, Dr. Nathan Boddie, has announced his bid for the House District 54 seat in the Oregon State Legislature. The House seat representing Bend, currently held by another physician, Dr. Knute Buehler (R-Bend), will be vacant during the 2018 election, due to Buehler's run for governor of Oregon.
Boddie is a primary care physician who was first elected to the Bend City Council in 2014. City Council races are non-partisan, but in the House race, Boddie will run as a Democrat. He has not yet filed for the spot with the Oregon Secretary of State's OreStar system.