Allen Alley eyes another run for governor

Former CEO of Pixelworks says he’d “very much like to run for governor in 2016.”

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The former CEO of Pixelworks told the Oregonian he’d “very much like to run for governor in 2016.”

Allen Alley also ran for the Republican nomination in 2010.

But Alley said his interest in a campaign comes with a caveat: He needs to make sure his business interests will remain well-tended if he steps away to run. To help make that point, he said he was in China on business last week.

“I’m very much focused on that and making sure we’ve got them properly financed and staffed and heading in the right direction before I make any decision,” he said. “You’ve got people who trusted you to really help them.”

Alley’s entry would add intrigue to a Republican primary contest that’s light on well-known candidates. Alley passed on a run in 2014.


He hasn’t had a lot of success in elections in the past despite his business acumen.

Alley was a tech world force as CEO of Pixelworks in the late-1990s and early 2000s. After leading such state efforts as the Oregon Council for Knowledge and Economic Development, he entered the political world as an aide to then-Gov. Ted Kulongoski in 2007.

Alley lost a 2008 bid for Oregon Treasurer, to Ben Westlund, in 2008 and lost in the Republican gubernatorial primary to Chris Dudley in 2008.

(SOURCE: Portland Business Journal)

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