A long-time Republican state lawmaker known for his colorful floor speeches says he’s running for Oregon governor in 2014. Dennis Richardson kicked off his campaign Wednesday with a series of rallies around the state.
Richardson has served more than a decade in the Oregon House. He’s been the Republican point-person on budget issues and is an outspoken critic of the state’s public pension system. He’s a father of nine and comes from the Medford area.
Oregon hasn’t elected a Republican governor since 1982. Richardson says his legislative experience gives him an advantage over the last two GOP nominees, Ron Saxton and Chris Dudley.
“They did a great job, they were great men. I have tremendous respect for them,” Richardson says. “I just come with a different resume, with a different set of experience, and at a different time.”
The only other Republican in the race so far is an eastern Oregon rancher named Jon Justesen. Democratic incumbent John Kitzhaber says he’ll announce this fall whether he’ll seek another term.