Owner of Centratel in Bend runs for Senate

Sam Carpenter announced he will run against Sen. Ron Wyden in the 2016 election.

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Carpenter, 67, has owned the Bend-based telephone-answering service Centratel since 1984. He’s written two books on business management, worked as a business consultant and founded a charitable organization to assist victims of a 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. He has not previously held elected office.

On Thursday, Carpenter said his work helping to turn around struggling small businesses would be an asset in Washington, D.C.

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