Former NBA center Chris Dudley has formally announced he is running for Oregon governor. The 6-foot-11 Yale graduate told supporters Wednesday he wants to slow the growth of the state budget and considers his lack of political experience a plus. “I believe it is a strength, not a weakness, that I have not spent the last 30 years in politics,” Dudley said. Dudley, 44, played 16 years in the NBA, including two stints with the Portland Trail Blazers. He will compete for the Republican nomination against Allen Alley, John Lim and Bill Sizemore. Dudley was first approached this summer by Republicans hoping he would run for the congressional seat held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader.
– Associated Press