Dennis Richardson, a longtime state lawmaker, believes incumbent John Kitzhaber is vulnerable
By Jayson Jacoby
Dennis Richardson walks into the interview with his back straight, seemingly unaffected by the weight of 32 years of Oregon political history on his shoulders.
Richardson, a Republican state representative from Central Point, hopes to accomplish what no other member of the GOP has done in Oregon since the late Vic Atiyeh in 1982.
Richardson wants to be Oregon’s next governor.
To earn that office in the state Capitol in Salem, Richardson, 64, has to contend not only with a generation of Democratic dominance but also with the man who is responsible for more of the party’s victories than any other candidate.
Richardson is trying to deny John Kitzhaber an unprecedented fourth term as Oregon’s chief executive.