Bud Pierce kicked off his first run for public office last fall. Now, the Salem oncologist has been nominated to take on incumbent Gov. Kate Brown in the November general election.
“My opponent this fall is Kate Brown, a 25-year politician,” Pierce told a crowd of supporters gathered in his home town of Salem. “She is a failed leader, a puppet beholden to powerful unions and powerful business and her failed leadership has greatly harmed everyday Oregonians.”
Pierce won the state’s Republican nomination in a landslide, besting opponent Allen Alley by nearly 20 percent with 75 percent of ballots counted.
For Alley, the primary defeat marked the third time he’s come up short in a race for statewide office.
Three lesser-known candidates were also on the Republican ballot: real estate broker Bruce Cuff, perennial candidate Bob Forthan and engineer Bob Niemeyer.
As expected, incumbent Brown easily held off five little-known Democratic challengers. Brown spent the evening watching results at the governor’s mansion in Salem.
The winner of the general election will serve a two-year term. That’s because this race is really about filling the remainder of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s term. Kitzhaber resigned in February of 2015 amid a criminal ethics investigation. As Secretary of State, Brown was first in line of succession.
The winner of the Independent Party of Oregon’s nomination will also be on this November’s ballot. The 2016 primary was the first taxpayer-funded primary for the Independent Party, which achieved major party status in Oregon last year. Minor party candidates will be selected later this year.