Democrat Joe Yetter, left, and Republican Cliff Bentz are running for U.S. Congress in the 2nd Congressional District.
U.S. Representative Cliff Bentz, a Republican, is facing challenger Joe Yetter, a Democrat, in a contest over who will represent the sprawling 2nd Congressional District that includes Jackson and Josephine counties, plus Central and Eastern Oregon.
They offered differing views and some overlapping ideas on issues that include wildfire and smoke, inflation, housing and homelessness, health care, abortion and Social Security.
Forests, smoke and fire
Bentz, a lawyer and farmer, said there needs to be more thinning of overstocked forests that have too many trees per acre.
“When it comes to the most important issues to Southern Oregonians, fire and smoke have to be…