Legislative incumbents face primary challenges



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A handful of Oregon legislators hoping to keep their seats are facing challenges from members of their own parties.

The campaigns are kicking into high gear now as ballots begin to arrive in voters’ mailboxes. The May 15 election won’t determine which party controls the Legislature, but it will bring an end to some hard-fought battles within both parties.

One of the fiercest battles is playing out in Bend, where homebuilders lobbyist Tim Knopp, a Republican and former House majority leader, has challenged two-term GOP Sen. Chris Telfer.

Democratic Rep. Mike Schaufler of Happy Valley is fighting to keep his job after a challenge by fellow Democrat Jeff Reardon, a high school teacher.