By Tyler Leeds

The Bulletin

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, overwhelmingly won the chance to run for re-election Tuesday night, beating out Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum in the Republican primary.

In the general election, Walden will face Bend businesswoman Aelea Christofferson, who won the Democratic primary over two challengers.

Walden, 57, is currently in his eighth term in Congress and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. As chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee, he is considered a leader among House Republicans.

In a statement, Walden thanked his supporters, saying his district “sent a loud and clear message that they want a representative who will work for common-sense solutions based on conservative principles.”

Walden did not return a call for comment.

Christofferson, 61, defeated Barney Spera, 83, and Frank Vulliet, 72, in the Democratic primary.

Christofferson is the founder and president of ATL Communications, which helps reduce costs associated with toll-free numbers.

Christofferson was a board member of Cover Oregon before resigning in March.

“I’m not naive. It’s going to be a tough race, but he’s not impossible to beat,” Christofferson said. “Now it’s time for the serious part.”

Christofferson noted that “people are real tired of the way Congress has worked,” and if elected, she will help organize new legislators to change the culture in Washington.

— Reporter: 541-633-2160,