Bend doctor runs for GOP in state office race

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- An orthopedic surgeon from Bend says he's running for secretary of state, and Republicans hope he'll help them crack a Democratic monopoly on statewide offices.

Dr. Knute Buehler (NEWT' BYU'-ler) launched his bid Wednesday after exploring a run and raising money for weeks. He's amassed nearly $200,000 for his campaign to unseat Democrat Kate Brown, who is seeking a second term.

The secretary of state's office is an often-overlooked agency responsible for running elections, auditing government agencies and licensing businesses.

Buehler says he wants the office to use its role with businesses to do more to support them and to advocate for new campaign finance restrictions.

Brown says she's proud of her record and has delivered on her promises to Oregon voters.