Gov. John Kitzhaber Defeats Dennis Richardson, Looks Toward Historic Fourth Term

A Narrow Win for Kitzhaber's 4th Term


Incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber is on track for what could be a narrow victory over his Republican challenger, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) tonight. Kitzhaber, a Democrat, leads Richardson 49 percent to 46 percent with more than half the votes counted.At 67, Kitzhaber becomes the first governor in Oregon elected to four terms. (He previously served from 1995 to 2003.)Before Kitzhaber ...   More
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Richardson, Kitzhaber Make Last-Minute Fundraising Push

Challenger gains ground after news about Kitzhaber's ethical issues


There's a flood of new money flowing into the the governor's race. The Republican challenger, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), reported a slew of in-kind contributions from timber interests, including Rob Freres ($150,000); Lyons, Ore.-based Freres Timber ($100,000); Seneca Jones Timber ($135,000); and Seneca co-owner Kathy Jones-McCann ($56,000). James Young, the executive ...   More
Monday, October 27, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dennis Richardson Dodges Social Issues But His Votes, Fundraising Reveal His Views

Republican candidate for governor panned sex ed


The Republican candidate for governor, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) has not had to answer many questions about social issues during this campaign. When abortion, gay rights or issues of equity come up in interviews or debates, Richardson hits the fast-forward button, giving some version of an answer such as "those issues are settled." At the KGW/Oregonian debate on Tuesday night, ...   More
Saturday, October 18, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Nepotism in Oregon Governor's Race: Dennis Richardson Paid His Wife to be Legislative Aide


In his campaign for governor, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) has pounded Democratic incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber over the past 10 days for a series of ethical issues in Kitzhaber's office, most of them first reported in this paper.But Richardson's tax return shows he's got an ethical issue of his own: He's paid his wife, Cathy Richardson, to be his legislative assistant. For 2013, ...   More
Thursday, October 16, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber, Rep. Dennis Richardson Clash at City Club Debate

Kitzhaber rejects Richardson's call for a special prosecutor to investigate first lady Cylvia Hayes.


Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and his Republican challenger, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), faced off in a tense debate today at the City Club of Portland. Moderator Dave Miller of Oregon Public Broadcasting, which carried the debate live, opened the event with a series of direct questions to Kitzhaber about the controversy swirling around Kitzhaber's fiancée, first lady Cylvia Hayes. Hayes ...   More
Friday, October 10, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Democrats File Election Complaint Against Dennis Richardson Campaign


Democrats have filed an election complaint against state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), the Republican candidate for governor, alleging Richardson illegally traded a contribution for work from the campaign.The complaint stems from a $15,000 donation Richardson accepted this summer from The Strategy Group for Media, a Columbus, Ohio-based political consulting firm. About a month later, the ...   More
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Gov. John Kitzhaber and Rep. Dennis Richardson Face Questions on Ethics During TV Debate

Richardson slams Kitzhaber on role of adviser Patricia McCaig.


The two leading candidates for Oregon governor faced questions today about ethics and whether they are giving the public a clear picture of their campaigns’ finances. Gov. John Kitzhaber and his challenger, Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), appeared at a televised debate sponsored by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters this morning in Sunriver, and both were ...   More
Friday, September 26, 2014 WW Staff

Dennis Richardson Reports $200,000 Contribution

Eugene company pays for cryptic billboards


State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) today reported a $200,000 in-kind contribution from Seneca Sustainable Energy, a Eugene-based operator of a cogeneration plant that burns wood waste. That donation dwarfs all previous contributions the Republican gubernatorial candidate has reported.Richardson has now raised $1.19 million since he began campaigning and has $374,000 on hand. His opponent, ...   More
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

New Dennis Richardson Ad Aimed at Gov. John Kitzhaber's Base


Dennis Richardson, the GOP candidate for governor, has a new ad out and it's aimed at the group that loves incumbent Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber the most—women voters. Polling shows that Kitzhaber's strongest support comes from well educated women, and particularly, young women. The new ad produced by state Rep. Richardson (R-Central Point) is short—just 15 seconds—but it makes a ...   More
Thursday, August 28, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS


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