PORTLAND — Governor John Kitzhaber made it official on Monday. The Democrat announced that he’s running for an unprecedented fourth term, which he calls his last.
His goals include helping more of the middle class find good-paying jobs, reducing our carbon footprint by 2016, and providing an education for Oregon students that everyone can be proud of.
Kitzhaber says he knows there are voters who are not happy with him over all the problems with the state’s healthcare exchange, Cover Oregon. He says that will change when, by this time next year, over 100,000 people will be signed up for insurance. Only 8,500 have been able to do that so far.
He made the announcement at Earl Boyles Elementary School in the David Douglas district of outer Southeast Portland. Kitzhaber says he chose the school because it’s a good example of how great things can happen when the community works together. The school broke ground on a new child development center last week.
As of the end of October, the Kitzhaber campaign had already raised nearly $232,000 in contributions this year, matching the amount raised in 2012.
Governor from 1995 to 2003, he became the first person elected to political office three times when he narrowly beat Republican challenger and former Trail Blazer Chris Dudley in 2010. A fourth term is unprecedented. Two Republicans, State Representative Dennis Richardson and rancher Jon Justesen have said they’ll challenge for the office come next fall.