Gov. Kate Brown announces she will run for re-election in 2018

Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 3391 Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Photo from Governor Kate Brown's Twitter @OregonGovBrown 

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday she will run for re-election in 2018.

Brown, who made the announcement Monday via a press statement and a YouTube video, ran for the same office in last November's election. That's because on Feb. 18, 2015, she shifted over from being Oregon's secretary of state to governor when John Kitzhaber resigned the state's top office amid an influence-peddling inquiry.

Brown then had to run in the 2016 primary and election to fill the remaining two years of Kitzhaber's term. Now, she aims to go for a full four-year term in the May primary and the November 2018 election.

She released the following statement Monday:

“The Oregon we all love is a special place. And we can all be proud of the reasons why. We have the fastest job growth in the country. Here, every Oregon child has access to health care. Here, we are sending high school graduates to community college for as little as $50 a semester.

“As governor, it’s my job to make Oregon an even better place to live, work and raise a family. We need to protect the Oregon we love so much and ensure that everyone has the chance to live a good life here.”

Brown released the first video of her campaign when she made the announcement.

Brown will be running against Knute Buehler, a current Republican representative from Bend.

Buehler announced he planned to run for governor on August 3, 2017.

Buehler is an orthopedic surgeon. He would need to win the Republican primary to run for office in November 2018.

Brown's campaign has raised at least $1,250,146 in cash since Jan. 1.

Buehler has raised at least $1,132,726.

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