Salem, Ore. — No republican has won statewide office in Oregon since 2002, but Central Point republican Dennis Richardson broke that streak Tuesday. The attorney and former legislator ran for Secretary of State, two years after losing the governor’s race to John Kitzhaber.
NBC5 spoke with the Central Point resident shortly after the results came in.
“I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of those who have been pulling for me and encouraging me,” Dennis Richardson says, “I mean this was not an easy decision for me to go back into a campaign after losing against Kitzhaber and being retired for a year.”
“I mean retirement was good,” Richardson adds, “but the things I wanted to do as governor still aren’t being done. We still don’t have the accountability, the transparency, or the trust that we need in state government.”
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