A Southern Oregon real estate agent will run for governor as a member of the Independent Party of Oregon.

Cliff Thomason, of Grants Pass, will announce his 2016 bid for governor on Monday. He says he'll focus on local control, green jobs and common sense policies. But, Thomason says low graduation rates and under-funded schools mean education is his top priority.

Governor Kate Brown has confirmed she'll stand for election.

Oregon Historical Society

An effort to honor a former Oregon governor is shifting into second gear.  This week, organizers are beginning to collect signatures to get an initiative establishing Tom McCall Day on the November 2014 ballot.

Tom McCall was governor from 1967 to 1975 and during that time, chalked up an impressive record as a champion of the environment.  

Rancher Eyes Oregon Governor's Race

Nov 5, 2013
Chris Lehman

Conventional wisdom in Salem is that Governor John Kitzhaber will run for re-election next year. But that’s not a given. The 66-year-old Democrat has repeatedly said he’s not made up his mind. That's left potential Republican candidates wondering what the governor’s race will look like next year. There’s one candidate who has entered the fray that you may not have heard of. He says everything he needs to know, he learned in the fields of central Oregon. He even wrote a song about it.