Dennis Richardson announces candidacy for secretary of state

Dennis Richardson SOS

Dennis Richardson for Secretary of State

Central Point, Oregon – Former twelve-year Oregon lawmaker Dennis Richardson announced today that he’ll be filing for the position of Secretary of State.  Richardson, an attorney and decorated military veteran, cited concerns about a lack of transparency and a failure to implement real reforms in the wake of the Kitzhaber scandal as key reasons for returning to public office.

“It is simply not in my nature to walk away from a problem,” stated Richardson. “For the past year, I’ve watched as the legislature failed to restore the public trust after Governor’s Kitzhaber’s resignation.  Instead, we see further corruption with stories of sweetheart deals at the Department of Energy relating to energy tax credit giveaways.  I think voters are looking for someone who will be honest and willing to ensure state agencies stay on the right course.”

Richardson, who served as Co-Chair on the Ways and Means Committee, believes his skill set is the right match for the job description.  “You know, in this position, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a social conservative or social liberal.  The Secretary of State has limited authority, largely tied to budget and performance audits, managing the public records, ensuring fair elections, and rolling out the welcome wagon for businesses looking to settle in Oregon,” Richardson explained. “As someone with budget experience and a law degree, I will be able to tackle auditing government agencies so we can streamline processes and return savings to the General Fund.  I’ll also use the power of the audit, so failures like Cover Oregon, which cost taxpayers nearly 300 million dollars, won’t happen again.”

Recent headlines about payouts to whistleblowers who were forced to leave their jobs for speaking up has Richardson concerned. “In just one month, two headlines showed over $1 million in payouts to government whistleblowers.  As Secretary of State, I will welcome and protect those public employees who come forward with information about corruption or wasteful practices,” he stated.

Richardson, who’ll have a primary opponent, is more focused on his potential general election opponents.  “Two of the Democratic candidates are legislators who could have helped open up public records to the people and enact ethics reforms, but they didn’t.  More could have been done to make our election laws more transparent and accountable. ” said Richardson.  “The legislature left many good ethics reform bills on the drafting room floor—bills that would have addressed lessons learned from the Kitzhaber debacle.  Instead, we saw partisan politics win out.”

The one campaign promise Richardson makes as a Secretary of State candidate is to restore the trust of Oregonians.  “If we’ve seen anything in this last year, it’s that Oregonians are looking to the next Secretary of State to follow through with audits that hold government agencies accountable.  The people and the press deserve access to our public records without being stonewalled or having to pay outrageous fees.  And most importantly, instead of a partisan activist, the people want a Secretary of State who can be trusted to act in an impartial, non-partisan manner that serves all Oregonians, regardless of political affiliation,” Richardson said.

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  • Suite Takes BUY DNC

    No doubt CNBC debate moderators would love to bake a cake for Avakian and crumble Richardson to the floor.

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      • Eric Blair

        That sure doesn’t read like a scam.

  • Granola girl

    Good for you Dennis!! Ever since the Sweetcakes by Melissa incident I despise Brad Avokin he is a dishonest, backstabbing individual.

    • DavidAppell

      Brad A was upholding Oregon law.

      Do you think the laws of Oregon should not be upheld?

      • .

        Better you reconsign your road Appells over to BlueOregon

        • DavidAppell

          Your inane comments aren’t important.

          • .

            UR free to go stop clock or brake your face on some mirror, Mr rude Appell.

      • Dick Winningstad

        No he was interpreting law. And harming people in the process. His discretion is the point here.

  • Robert Collins

    Just DO NOT ride a motorcycle in your commercials.

  • Bob Clark

    Woo Hoo! Some real competition against Ardvark of BOLI, who is more than a bully. If you aren’t politically correct enough Ardvark will take your house and business; and back his truck up over you and your family. He won’t read from the bible over your remains either, but celebrate with those with highest of political correct credentials. He’s the Ryker in the classic western movie: “Shane.” Whereas Richardson is the character Joe Stark in this classic.

  • DavidAppell

    Can’t Dennis Richardson make a living without being in government employee? It seems not….

    • .

      Whine don’t you Czech your Blumenauer at the door before shipping off your mouth further fella…

    • Dick Winningstad

      Hmmm…. Richardson is a succesful lawyer. And I do not see you criticizing life long Democrat government employees. Why is that?

      • DavidAppell

        It’s Richardson who seems desperate to have a job — any job — in government. I thought conservatives like him HATE government…but it seems he’s desperate to be part of it all.

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