Richardson diagnosed with brain cancer
Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, he revealed Wednesday in his email newsletter.
Richardson wrote that he has started treatment for a small tumor, which, he said, was caught early.
"While this was a difficult diagnosis to hear, I'm blessed and optimistic," he wrote. "We caught it early. I have a treatment plan in place, and I have an exceptional support system here at work and at home.
"I am taking on this challenge the same way I've taken on every challenge since my days flying 'Night Hawk' as a combat helicopter pilot — I've considered my options, set my goal, developed my plan, and failure is not an option."
The secretary of state, who was elected in 2016 and is second in line to the governor, said he will continue working in his elected position and with his team of 219 employees. He is the only Oregon Republican elected to statewide office.
"You can count on me and my administrative team, Audits Division, Corporations Division, Elections Division and the State Archives to always provide the same outstanding service," he wrote.
Richardson wrote that he sees the diagnosis as a way to advocate for those living with and fight cancer. "No one is promised tomorrow, so, please, use my situation as a reminder to be kinder, more patient and more loving to each other. And, if by God's grace we all live long, thriving lives, let's live them with purpose. That's my plan."