Who will challenge Kate Brown from the GOP?

Dr. Monica Wehby explores options; Dennis Richardson says he’s out.

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Gov. Kate Brown must defend her seat in 2016, but it is unclear who her challengers will be.

For the Republicans: Dr. Monica Wehby is exploring her options and Dennis Richardson is out.

In recent days, Wehby and Robert Stryk, a political consultant representing her, have reached out to leading GOP figures in Oregon, seeking to gauge interest in Wehby’s seeking the party’s nomination for governor next year. 

A spokesman for Wehby, Christian Bourge, confirmed she is considering the race but has made no decisions.

“Dr. Monica Wehby is being courted by both Republican and Democrat leaders at the state and national levels about the possibility of her serving as Oregon’s next governor,” Bourge said in a statement.

(SOURCE: Willamette Week)

Dennis Richardson, who ran in 2014, said he had no intentions of running in the upcoming general election.

“I wouldn’t consider another statewide campaign unless I thought I could win,” Richardson wrote in his email late Thursday. “So let’s just leave it at ‘not interested in running for any 2016 position at this time.’”

With two weeks before likely candidates can officially begin campaigns, the field for the upcoming 2016 election — a presidential election year when every statewide office is on the ballot — is beginning to take shape.

(SOURCE: Bend Bulletin)

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