What looked like a ho-hum reelection in the Oregon Senate turned suddenly interesting the day AFTER the filing deadline in March.
Republican Senator Doug Whitsett in district 28 announced his retirement and withdrawal from the race.
Scant minutes before the filing deadline, former Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum had filed to run in the Republican primary. He remains the only candidate officially on the ballot.
The action ruffled feathers across the district, which includes parts of Jackson and Klamath Counties.
Write-in campaigns quickly mounted for former Jackson County Commissioner C.W. Smith, Michael Stettler of Christmas Valley, and Klamath County Museum Director Todd Kepple.