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Two Republicans file for HD52 seat

It's the brawler vs. the businesswoman

Just when it looked like the Republicans weren't going to have any candidates to keep Oregon House District 52 in their hands, two very different would-be legislators filed at the last minute.

Top-ranked mixed martial arts fighter Matt 'The Law' Lindland of Eagle Creek and Corbett bed-and-breakfast owner Phyllis Thiemann will face off in the May primary in hopes of replacing outgoing Republican Rep. Patti Smith in the state legislature.

'It should be an interesting primary,' Smith said. 'In this district, where it's pretty even Republicans and Democrats and a high number of independents - 25 percent - they'll have to make the case they can represent the district, understand the district and frankly show that they'll be present.'

Clackamas County GOP Chairman Tom Devanney said the central committee wouldn't weigh in on specific candidates until after the May 20 primary but agreed that the primary would be one to watch.

'We have an ultimate fighter and a Corbett businesswoman? Sounds good to me,' he said, having just learned about the candidates.

The winner of the primary will face the winner of the Democratic primary, which pits former Head Start administrator Suzanne VanOrman of Hood River against Sandy attorney Steve Richkind.

To learn more about Matt Lindland, read this story.

To learn more about Phyllis Thiemann, read this story.