Ex-NBA’er Dudley running for governor
Former NBA center Chris Dudley has formally announced he is running
for Oregon governor.
The 6-foot-11 Yale graduate told supporters Wednesday he
wants to slow the growth of the state budget and considers his lack
of political experience a plus.
“I believe it is a strength, not a weakness, that I have not
spent the last 30 years in politics,” Dudley said.
Dudley said he also wants to reduce the cost of the Public
Employees Retirement System, and he opposes a pair of tax measures
on the January ballot aimed at boosting revenue by increasing taxes
on wealthy Oregonians and big corporations.
Dudley, 44, played 16 years in the NBA, including two stints
with the Portland Trail Blazers.
He will compete for the Republican nomination against Allen
Alley, John Lim and Bill Sizemore.
Dudley was first approached this summer by Republicans hoping
he would run for the congressional seat held by Democratic U.S.
Rep. Kurt Schrader.
Dudley reportedly decided he did not want to disrupt his
family life by shuttling back and forth to Washington, D.C., but he
did become interested in running for governor.
He stayed out of the public eye while he put together his
gubernatorial campaign, raising $373,000 so far – more than any of
the other declared candidates.
Former Gov. John Kitzhaber and former Secretary of State Bill
Bradbury are seeking the Democratic nomination.
The primaries are in May, with the general election to follow
Dudley announced his candidacy at Self Enhancement Inc., a
Portland charity that works with low-income youths to boost their
educational and employment prospects.