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Richardson looks to be poised for gubernatorial run

 Posted: 6:35 PM July 23, 2013

State Rep. Dennis Richardson of Central Point has called a press conference for Wednesday morning and at least one media outlet says it appears he will announce he's running for governor.

Richardson, a Republican who has served six terms in the Oregon Legislature, will hold a press conference at 8 a.m. at the War Memorial in Don Jones Park, 223 West Vilas Road, Central Point. He also announced press conferences for later in the day in Portland, Eugene and Bend.

In an email blast with the salutation "Friends, Patriots and Fellow Oregonians," Richardson issued an invitation to the event, saying "With your support, we will change the course of Oregon's future for the better."

Jeff Mapes, a political reporter and columnist for The Oregonian, wrote in his blog today that Richardson is holding the press conferences around the state "... apparently to announce his candidacy for governor next year."

The Mail Tribune was unable to reach Richardson for comment today.

Mapes wrote that when he asked Richardson if he planned to run for governor, Richardson replied, "Everybody has been after me to do this and tomorrow morning there will be discussion about it."

Richardson, a lawyer, has held leadership positions in the Legislature, including as co-chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which produces the budget recommendations for state agencies and state-supported services such as the K-12 education system and the state university system.

State Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford, told his Facebook readers to be prepared for an announcement. His post read: "ATTENTION!!!! Listen tomorrow as a great individual will announce that they are running for Governor in Oregon! All of us will be very pleased and excited ! This is a individual we can all be excited about and work for to be our leader!! Stay Tuned !!!!!!!"

Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, is eligible to serve one more term in office, but he has not announced whether he will do so. Mapes wrote that John Justesen, a Sherman County rancher, has indicated he will seek the Republican nomination for governor.

— Bob Hunter

Read more in Wednesday's paper and watch www.dailytidings.com for developing details from the press conference.


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