Portland lawyer and lobbyist John DiLorenzo
formed an exploratory committee May 6 in preparation for a possible independent candidacy for governor. In an interview last Friday, DiLorenzo said that he would make a decision as to whether to run within the next couple of weeks. Now there's more evidence DiLorenzo is seriously considering a run.
DiLorenzo reports a $150,000 loan
from the Villa St. Clair, a property company he owns. That sum is far from what he'll need to run a campaign but puts him on the same footing as the two major party candidates, who are busy refilling their coffers after the May 18 primary.
To qualify for the November ballot, DiLorenzo would need to gather 18,000 signatures and come up with a campaign war chest sufficient to compete with the Democratic and Republican candidates. The Democrats are running well-known former two-term Gov. John Kitzhaber.
And the Republican candidate is former Portland Trail Blazer Chris Dudley,
who has proven to be a strong fund-raiser.
"Ballot access is not a problem," DiLorenzo says. "And I believe I can raise a significant amount of money. My big issue is whether I would be able to shape the discussion or have least have influence. I'm not interested in being a spoiler or in running unless there's a clear path to victory."
Well, today marks at least the first step on that path.
(DiLorenzo photo courtesy Davis Wright Tremaine)