From KBND.com State Representative Jason Conger says he made the decision over the weekend to endorse Tim Knopp in his effort to unseat state senator Chris Telfer. Conger joins State Representative Mike McLane of Powell Butte and Deschutes County Commissioner Tammy Baney. KBND: “If Tim is not successful in unseating Chris Telfer, are you afraid of a backlash?” Conger: “No, I'm not. I know that Chris is aware of what I'm doing. The fact is, whoever wins in this Republican Primary, I will fully back, to represent Central Oregon." Other local politicians who've come forward with public endorsements include former Deschutes County Sheriff Les Stiles, Bend City Councilor Scott Ramsay and former Redmond Mayor Ed Fitch.