SALEM - State Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, will seek a fifth term in the Oregon House.

Smith represents House District 57, which covers Union, Wallowa, Umatilla and Morrow Counties.

"I am humbled by all the friends, family and community leaders who have encouraged me to seek re-election," Smith said in an e-mail announcing his reelection campaign.

He's the only candidate running for the seat. Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file for the May 20 primary election. The voter's pamphlet filing deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. Elections offices will mail ballots May 2-6.

Smith didn't spell out platform specifics in the announcement. He said his No. 1 priority will continue to be working on constituent concerns for northeast Oregon.

"Their issues are my issues, whether it's creating jobs, school funding, or caring for members of our military returning from service overseas," Smith said.

Funding to return Oregon State Police to round-the-clock coverage and more services for seniors were important issues for Smith during the recent special session of the Legislature. In 2007 he was a leading advocate for the Oasis water project to help rural Oregon farmers and ranchers with a bigger allocation for irrigation out of the Columbia River.

Oasis didn't find favor among Democrats or Gov. Ted Kulongoski. But the 2008 Legislature agreed to Senate Bill 1069, which created a program to enhance groundwater supplies and grants for local governments. The governor signed SB 1069 into law last week.

Smith said he's always been a strong supporter for the region's natural resource based industries, including timber and agriculture.

Smith is one of the House's senior members and serves on the House Transportation Committee and the House Committee on Energy and the Environment. In past sessions he has served on the budget committee, as chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government, Transportation and Economic Development.

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