SALEM -- Republican state Rep. Dennis Richardson said Wednesday he's running for governor of Oregon.

Richardson is a lawyer from Central Point best known as the top Republican legislator on budget issues.

He was the co-chairman of the Legislature's budget committee when Republicans shared power with Democrats after the 2010 election.

He's a Vietnam veteran originally from Los Angeles and has served in the Legislature since 2003.

Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber has not said whether he'll seek a fourth term. Eastern Oregon rancher Jon Justesen, a Republican, is the only other candidate to announce a campaign for governor.

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