Dennis Richardson, the 2014 Republican candidate for Oregon governor, has ruled out another run for statewide office in 2016.
The Central Point attorney and former six-term state representative lost by 5 percentage points to former Gov. John Kitzhaber. Kitzhaber was mired late in the campaign by allegations of influence-peddling involving his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, which ultimately led to his resignation in February.
Richardson told The Bulletin in an email that he’s been sought out as a candidate for “every statewide position on the 2016 ballot,” but he has no intention of running.
“I wouldn’t consider another statewide campaign unless I thought I could win,” Richardson wrote in his email late Thursday. “So let’s just leave it at ‘not interested in running for any 2016 position at this time.’”
With two weeks before likely candidates can officially begin campaigns, the field for the upcoming 2016 election — a presidential election year when every statewide office is on the ballot — is beginning to take shape.
Bend Republican Rep. Knute Buehler this week ruled out a gubernatorial run, leaving Salem doctor Bud Pierce as the front-running Republican. Pierce has given his campaign account $253,000.
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has yet to announce a potential bid for election to the final two years for Kitzhaber’s term. Lake Oswego Republican Allen Alley has said he’s “seriously considering” entering the race for governor. William Ames Curtright, a Republican from Marion County who has run long-shot statewide campaigns in the past, has also established a gubernatorial campaign account.
Rep. Val Hoyle, D-Eugene, the former House Majority Leader, has said she’s considering running for secretary of state. Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, a Democrat, has also expressed interest in that position. Lane County Republican Sid Leiken has said he’ll run for secretary of state in 2016.
The treasurer’s race has contenders from three parties: Rep. Tobias Read, D-Beaverton; Lake Oswego City Councilor Jeff Gudman, a Republican; and Bend certified public accountant and former state Sen. Chris Telfer, a new member of the Independent Party of Oregon.
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