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From Allen Alley, Candidate for Governor

Friends,

Last week our campaign to bring a new perspective to Salem was in Eastern Oregon. We were able to meet the good folks in Enterprise, Joseph La Grande, Ontario and Pendleton. We added another 1,000 miles on the Hybrid Tahoe and visited a wide range of Oregonians from ranchers and farmers to a software development company owned by the Confederated Tribe of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. We were even able to attend a city council meeting in Joseph! Thank you Mayor Sands!

The topics for the week were jobs, jobs, jobs, the economy, the growth in government spending and a little more about jobs. We heard unique and passionate comments from people all over Eastern Oregon and look forward to continuing our open channels of communication on important issues for a unified Oregon. It was great to see how many people were energized by and engaged in our campaign. Thank you to all who took time out of your busy schedules to spend some time with us and inform us of your particular issues.

Last week we also had the opportunity to speak with several media outlets. One of which was the East Oregonian who published an editorial after our visit with them. The article says it all (see below).

We will continue to keep all of you posted with regular updates on our campaign. Stay tuned for the new website which will be up soon! In the meantime you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook . You should really tune in for some daily insights about politics, to learn where the to find the best rib places in Oregon and how to get a vanilla, mocha, toffee latte at Dairy Queen in Ontario!

As we ramp up the campaign to full steam, we are also ramping up our expenses. We need YOUR help to bring our unique perspective to Salem in 2010. Early money is extremely important. Anything you can do to help us would be greatly appreciated. $25, $50 or $100 would be amazing but even $10 can buy us a cable TV spot and it all helps. Thank you for your support. It is up to us to bring our new perspective to Salem

Sincerely,

Allen Alley
Candidate for Governor
State of Oregon
Follow me On Twitter at http://twitter.com/Allen_Alley
website: www.AllenAlley.com

Alley scopes road to governor’s office

Smith not running, candidate says

By PHIL WRIGHT

The East Oregonian

Allen Alley sees real possibility in his run to be Oregon’s next governor, and the state’s first Republican in a generation.

Alley, 54, is the chairman of Pixelworks, a semiconductor company he co-founded in 1997. Last year he was the Republican nominee for state treasurer. He lost that race to Ben Westlund.

Alley traveled Monday to Pendleton, with a stop at the East Oregonian, before having lunch as a guest at Pendleton’s Rotary Club and then was on the road to Ontario. Although Alley lost last year, he said numbers from that race were telling. Moreover, he said, a Republican has a real shot to take the state’s top office because of Oregon’s political landscape.

Before setting a campaign course, though, Alley said he went to Washington, D.C., and met with Oregon’s top Republicans to check their views of running for governor. He said former Sen. Gordon Smith was clear he’s not considering a run for the governor’s office. And while Rep. Greg Walden wasn’t as direct as Smith, Alley said he had the impression he also wasn’t going to run.

Alley said the election results show he can campaign. He was down 16 percent in the race, but at the end Westlund won by a 5 percent margin in a year when Barack Obama won Oregon by 15 percent.

That’s not too bad a showing for someone who started with no name recognition, he said.

Further, he said, the newspaper endorsements he received in the race show he’s a moderate Republican with ideas that have wide appeal. The EO endorsed Alley. Strikingly, so did the alternative newspaper Willamette Week and the even more alternative The Portland Mercury.

Alley said he understands the campaign terrain in Oregon. Even if he gets every Republican vote, Alley said he could lose in landslide of Democrats.

But Oregon Democrats seem a bit fractured. Gov. Ted Kulongski hasn’t chosen a successor, nor has the state Democratic party put forth a candidate.

Governor talk has swirled around – and even from – plenty of Democrats, including Bill Bradbury, former Oregon secretary of state, Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio and Steve Novick, who lost a nod last year to be the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator to Jeff Merkley, who went on to win the race.

The Democrat who has garnered the most attention is John Kitzhaber. The former Oregon governor has said he’s seriously considering a run for the office next year.

Oregon’s last Republican governor was Vic Atiyeh, who held the office for two terms from 1979-87. Earning the Republican nomination isn’t a given, Alley said, and may be a tougher go than facing off against a Democrat in the general election. After all, Democrats have been in charge as the state has struggled.

Taken as a whole, Alley said, the math works for a moderate Republican.

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