Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer won't run against Rep. Knute Buehler
Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer announced Tuesday that she will not face off with State Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, who is the only official candidate so far for the Republican Party's nomination for governor in the May primary.
"My family and closest friends, citizens of Happy Valley and many others were very supportive and excited and are still encouraging me to take the path of a gubernatorial run," she said in a video statement released on Oct. 10. "But without all the parts to run a successful campaign and win, we will not risk the money or waste the momentum."
Watch the video statement here:
The Lori Chavez-DeRemer for Governor PAC raised more than $30,000, including $2,500 from the Scouter's Mountain developer of 600 homes, Washington-based Holt Group. She spent about $8,000 on July 31 to hire a GOP polling firm to see if there was a path forward for her unseating Gov. Kate Brown.
"I am the mayor of the greatest city in Oregon and I love to serve the people right here at home," she said. "I will continue to invest 100 percent of my energy in the good work that Happy Valley still has to accomplish to reach its fullest potential."
Chavez-DeRemer said she is not making an endorsement in the race at this time. She's met Buehler on numerous occasions and had "very cordial interaction."
"For the 2018 elections, I will be looking to support candidates that are committed to finding answers to the top challenges facing all of us," she said.
Graduating with a degree in business from California State University-Fresno, Chavez-DeRemer and her husband are co-founders of a local anesthesia management firm. In addition to her service on the Happy Valley City Council, she is on the board of directors for the Oregon League of Minority Voters, the League of Oregon Cities and Portland State University's Institute of Metropolitan Studies.
Chavez-DeRemer said that she will launch a new website to share her vision for Oregon and promised to remain active in politics.