Oregon governor John Kitzhaber to announce political plans

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon governor John Kitzhaber plans to announce Monday morning whether he will run for a historic fourth term.

KATU news partner "Willamette Week" reports Kitzhaber will run for the state's highest office next year.

Kitzhaber scheduled a news conference for 9:00 a.m. Monday at Earl Boyles Elementary School in Southeast Portland.

A press release from the governor's office said the governor would talk about his plans for the coming year, and discuss the progress he has made on economic development, alignment of education from pre-K through college and reform of the health care system.

On KATU's "Your Voice, Your Vote" Sunday morning, experts discussed how problems with "Cover Oregon" could affect a Kitzhaber campaign.

"If they get through this and they get everything up and running and people are able to enroll and it doesn't get significantly worse, new issues will come forward and take precedence in people's minds," said Jonathan Cooper, the Associated Press' Oregon state capitol reporter. "This will not be forgotten, but certainly not at the forefront of everybody's mind."

Oregon governors are limited to two consecutive terms in office during any 12-year period, so Kitzhaber is allowed to run again.

Two Oregon Republicans have already announced their intentions to run for governor: State representative Dennis Richardson and Eastern Oregon rancher Jon Justesen.

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