PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Monday she will seek reelection in 2018.

Brown was first appointed governor following Gov. John Kitzhaber's resignation in early 2015. Brown won the 2016 election, allowing her to finish out Kitzhaber's original term. If reelected, she will serve nearly eight full years as governor of Oregon.

"“The Oregon we all love is a special place," Brown said in a statement Monday. "And we can all be proud of the reasons why. We have the fastest job growth in the country. Here, every Oregon child has access to health care. Here, we are sending high school graduates to community college for as little as $50 a semester.

“As governor, it’s my job to make Oregon an even better place to live, work and raise a family. We need to protect the Oregon we love so much and ensure that everyone has the chance to live a good life here.”

Brown said some of her most notable accomplishments in office have been negotiating a bipartisan transportation bill, protecting health care in Oregon, and implementing cost-saving measures at the state level.

Brown will face competition from five Republicans so far who have filed to run in 2018. Her stiffest competition likely comes from Republican State Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend). Nike co-founder Phil Knight donated $500,000 to Buehler's campaign.

Republicans Keenan Bohach, Sam Carpenter, Lori DeRemer and David Stauffer have also registered as candidates with the Oregon secretary of state's office.

Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis told KGW he is considering running as an Independent.

The primary election will take place in May 2018.