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Kitzhaber Launches Fourth Run For Governor

OPB | Dec. 9, 2013 3:25 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 9, 2013 5:20 p.m. | Portland

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber kicked off his re-election bid Monday morning at Earl Boyles Elementary School in Portland.  The governor touted the state’s recovery from the recession of five years ago. 

Kindergartners watch as the governor makes his speech.

Kindergartners watch as the governor makes his speech.

Michael Clapp / OPB

He said that unlike lawmakers in Washington, D.C., those working in Salem have compromised and found common ground for the good of Oregonians. 

Kitzhaber presented a list ranging from education to the environment that he wants to continue working on. 

Speaking in the grade school library, he said he wants to see life improve for Oregonians in the future.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announces he will run for a second term in office at Earl Boyles Elementary School in southeast Portland.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announces he will run for a second term in office at Earl Boyles Elementary School in southeast Portland.

Michael Clapp / OPB

“So the great challenge before us is to ensure that the next phase of Oregon’s economic recovery reaches all Oregonians and ends the income stagnation that continues to erode the middle class, that exacerbates income inequality and widens the opportunity gap, and for the first time threatens a generation of Oregonians with the prospect of having shorter life spans and a lower standard of living than their parents,” the governor said.

Kitzhaber is running for a fourth term, something that’s unprecedented in Oregon.  He was governor before in the 1990s. 

Two Republicans are in the running, too — State representative Dennis Richardson and central Oregon rancher Jon Justesen.

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