last week, former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury has hired a campaign manager.
So it seems pretty certain that when former Gov. Barbara Roberts (below) introduces Bradbury next week, Bradbury will be announcing officially that he is a candidate in the 2010 Democratic primary for governor.
Unofficially, Bradbury has been running for months, as evidenced
by his raising and spending campaign money.
Roberts, who was Secretary of State before serving as governor from 1990 through 1994, was succeeded in the governor's office by fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber, who effectively pushed Roberts out of the 1994 gubernatorial primary. Kitzhaber announced his candidacy for a third term last week.
It's a feather in Bradbury's cap to have Roberts introducing him. She retains a high level of popularity among Oregon Democrats.
Here's the message the Bradbury campaign sent out today:
I will be joining Bill Bradbury on Thursday as he announces his decision whether or not to run for Governor of Oregon. Please join us. The details are:
Bill Bradbury Announcement
The Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College—Technology Classroom Building
Thursday, September 17, 2009, 10:00AM
For a map of the campus and directions you can visit the PCC-Sylvania website.
Bill is still the hardworking and energetic public leader I first knew when we entered the Oregon legislature together. Bill has a proven track record of fighting for the needs of Oregonians, working to protect our environment, and creating new economic opportunities for our working families.
Please join us on Thursday as Bill announces his plans. To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governor Barbara Roberts
P.S. For more information, please visit Bill's website at www.bradbury2010.com or you can follow him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BradburyforOregon