State Rep. David Brock Smith announced Monday that if he was appointed, he would accept the senate seat formerly held by Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg.

“Working hard for the residents of our rural Southwest Oregon District in Salem is intense and rewarding, and the work leading up to and during the recent Short Session has kept me focused on our residents, their communities and the industries that support them,” Brock Smith said.

Republican precinct committee persons from around Senate District 1 will meet in Coquille March 24 to select a slate of three to five candidates, and the county commissioners from the counties in District 1 will vote on the appointee. State Rep. Dallas Heard, R-Winston, has also expressed interest in the seat.

Kruse resigned this month following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

Brock Smith, R-Port Orford, touted his work on Chetco Bar Fire recovery, sudden oak death, economic growth and opposition to a proposed carbon tax in a newsletter announcing his interest in the Senate seat.

Instead of a carbon tax, Brock Smith pushed for management of forests to prevent carbon lost through wildfire, disease and decay.

“We are blessed to grow the best solar powered carbon capture and sequestration engines in the world,” he said. “Using sunlight to scrub greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere to produce oxygen, with a byproduct that is the most resilient building material in the world, wood.”

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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