Allen Alley to announce run for governor on Monday?


by NW Spotlight

There has been a spate of local media reports that Allen Alley is planning to announce a run for Oregon governor on Monday, March 7th.

Tuesday, March 8th is the last day for candidates to file to run in the 2016 primary. May 17th is Election Day for the primary.

The Oregonian reported back in October that Alley had “confirmed months of political whispers that he’s seriously considering a run against Gov. Kate Brown.”

Jeff Mapes, now at OPB, reported on Wednesday “Republican businessman Allen Alley has decided to run for governor and is looking toward a Monday announcement, according to several sources.”

The Salem Statesman Journal also reported on Wednesday that Alley seemed “to be getting closer to announcing a run for governor as a Republican,” and had met privately with elected Republican leaders at the Capitol.

Yesterday, Nigel Jaquiss at Willamette Week reported that “Allen Alley is highly likely to enter the Republican primary for governor next week, just ahead of the March 8 filing deadline.” Jaquiss also reported that polling was being done to test Alley’s name recognition and chances against incumbent Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, and that “Alley has also been calling potential donors and endorsers, gauging interest in his candidacy.”

On his 2010 Allen Alley for Governor web site, Alley states “I have not made a decision regarding running in 2016 but I am seriously considering it.”

Allen Alley - 3-4-2016

Allen Alley “was a tech world force as CEO of Pixelworks in the late-1990s and early 2000s,” was deputy chief of staff for Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski (where he oversaw “the policy areas of economic development, technology, transportation, workforce training, and energy”), ran for Oregon state treasurer in 2008 as the Republican nominee, ran for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010 and was unanimously elected Oregon GOP chair in January 2011 and served for two years.

Gov. Kate Brown (D) hasn’t filed to run yet. In Pendleton last September, she did say that she would be running for governor.

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Source: Oregon Secretary of State web site – March 4, 2016 (click to enlarge)

On competition for Alley in the primary, Mapes at OPB noted “So far, four Republicans have filed for governor. Bud Pierce, a Salem doctor, has received the most attention, in part because he and his family have put more than $500,000 into the race.”

  • Roger Enout

    Incisive thoughts: Betsy Johnson and/or Ted Wheeler should be on the Dem May primary ballot, to wit alternative to the unelected dotty gov Kate Brown, supplicate to the Bradbury analogy sporting a kettle of go fishiness red herring state unionized simmering DEMentia PERstrings.
    On the GOP side, Allen Alley has the smarts, yet Kevin Mannix, a reformed former DNC malmember still has merit to counter measure an incontinent staff inflection of governors since 1987.

    • Gardenhomeboy

      I prefer Bud Pierce over Alley(a known loser).

      • Roger Enout

        Favor Bud Pierce, too.
        Meanwhile, unelected dotty gov Brown-Knows all about marching to a Dem tattoo since ’87, to wit safe, sound and lurid-icrous travesty. Argh!
        Stomp the inanity at the ballot box or at least support a Betsy Johnson who isn’t just another piece of jackass PACing a silk PERS.

        • DavidAppell

          I’ll vote for Gov. Brown.

          • Gardenhomeboy

            We knew that before you even decided to comment. Keep towin’ the line, David.

          • .

            David Appell is a stale mate for Phoebe’s Unicorn.

          • Appell’s stewed dowdy

            Even if Betsy Johnson is recognized as better attending common sense.

      • redbean

        Bud Pierce is probably one of the most caring, hardest working, and smartest docs in the region. Of course, being highly intelligent and caring doesn’t mean he can win in leftist (i.e. intolerant) Oregon.

        However, in the primary at least, I’ll take that chance over Alley, who I voted for previously. Back then, I truly thought Alley had a chance with his bipartisan experience and overall Mr. Nice Guy demeanor. I was wrong. RINO donor fav, so-so sports celebrity, took the prize.

        Before too long, we’ll know if Dr. Pierce has the fire in the belly needed to confront the PDX UniParty machine.

    • MrBill

      Allen Alley was my choice back a couple races ago when voters decided to go with Dudley. He’s good at thinking outside the box. I think he should try again.

      Mannix has run twice and lost twice.

      • Gardenhomeboy

        What does Alley have that Bud doesn’t or Bob Niemeyer or Bruce Cuff?

        • MrBill

          I think he brings a sound economic sense and the ability to frame issues in a way that can be helpful in gaining consensus among groups who wouldn’t normally agree with each other.

          To be fair, Pierce, Niemeyer, and Cuff may also have that ability too. I don’t know that much about either.

    • Havens to Mergatroid

      Even a RINO horning like Gordon Smith would be better for our state of affairs than Dem damsels, e.g., Brown and Kotek, appearing like bridesmaids for a Hillary/Ellen eventual nuptial.
      OMG pleas give such an emulsion an arrest.

  • HBguy

    As an independent, I’d probably vote for Alley. We need someone like him since the Legislature is safely Blue. With a Dem. Gov. particularly a very liberal one, there is simply no check on the desires of Rep. Kotek and her brigade.

    • Gardenhomeboy

      Having a Republican governor would be a good first step to restoring some political sanity to Oregon, but why Alley?

      • HBguy

        Alley is a known political quantity to me. And his expertise is in the area we are going to need to focus on. Budgets, taxes, economics.
        I know nothing about Dr. Pierce in regards to policy or economic expertise. He is new to the public arena and perhaps should learn from Dr. Buehlers experience.

        • Gardenhomeboy

          Thanks for the reply. I am only seeking to get a feel for your reasoning. My questions are for clarity’s sake. What experience does he have in budgets, taxes, and economics other than being a business man? He hasn’t been elected before. He worked for Kulongoski during the first year of his second term. Some pretty terrible bills passed then.

          • HBguy

            I agree, the lack of election to public office is a negative. But, no other GOP candidate has elective office experience either, as far as I know. His experience working with Dem’s is a plus to this independent voter. Not a negative. I am sure it can be spun as a negative, but only to partisan GOP voters. And that;s not who the GOP candidate has to satisfy/convince. it’s people like me. As to his economic experience, Here is his wiki entry

            Alley’s interest in politics began when he was appointed by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in January 2002 to serve as the inaugural chair for the Oregon Council for Knowledge and Economic Development. Under his leadership, the fledgling council sought to stimulate economic development in Oregon by bringing leaders from wide-ranging fields of higher education, economic development and the private sector.

            In February 2002, Alley accepted a Presidential appointment from President George W. Bush to sit on the U.S.-Japan Private Sector/Government Commission, which strove to promote sustainable economic growth in both countries. While in Japan, Alley met Governor of Utah Jon Huntsman and the two made a pact that they would at one point in their careers seek elected offices for their respective states. Both have fulfilled such promises.[4]

            In 2006, Alley was named as the Chairman of the Oregon Business Plan. He was tasked with the responsibility to help to shape public policy in Oregon that would ensure economic growth.

            After stepping down as CEO of Pixelworks Inc. in 2007, Alley was hired to serve as a deputy chief of staff for Democratic Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski. Included in Alley’s policy portfolio was economic development, technology, transportation, workforce training and energy.