Reports recently surfaced that Oregon House Minority Leader and Powell Butte resident Mike McLane might run for governor in 2018.
And while McLane did not rule out the possibility at some point in the future, he announced in a statement Wednesday that he will not seek the position this election cycle.
"As has been reported in the press, a group of friends from across the political spectrum of Republicans gathered for dinner last month and asked that I consider a run for Oregon governor in 2018," said McLane, who was first elected in 2010. "Their pledge of substantial support and encouragement was humbling. In the weeks that followed, however, it became clear that my candidacy may divide our party in ways that might be difficult to overcome.
"I know that campaigns should be robust and choices are needed, but at a time when Oregon desperately needs solutions to serious problems caused by one-party rule in Salem, I don't want to be a cause for division that could hurt the chances for real change in 2018."
McLane added that his three terms as House Republican Leader has been spent "building unity in opposition to the one-party rule that hurts Oregon," and he believes his efforts in 2018 should remain consistent "by helping redirect Oregon to a path that will create opportunities for all Oregonians.
"Holly (his wife) and I are grateful to the many friends who believe in our public service," he said, while adding in a recent Facebook post, "The answer isn't no, it's not now."