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Kate Brown Will Run For Oregon Governor

Prior to becoming Oregon's governor, Kate Brown was elected as Oregon's secretary of state in 2008 and served in the state legislature for 17 years.
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Prior to becoming Oregon's governor, Kate Brown was elected as Oregon's secretary of state in 2008 and served in the state legislature for 17 years.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown told a reporter in Pendleton, Oregon, Friday that she will run for the office next year.

Brown's candidacy is not a surprise. She has been steadily raising money all summer and she even filed paperwork last month with the Oregon secretary of state's office to indicate that her campaign committee was now to be referred to as a campaign-for-governor committee. 

The only other candidate in the race at this point is Bud Pierce, a Salem cancer doctor. He is running as a Republican.

Brown was in Pendleton Friday for the "Westward Ho!" parade in the Pendleton Round-Up.

The former Oregon secretary of state succeeded Governor John Kitzhaber in February when he resigned under criminal ethics investigations.

Copyright 2015 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.