Allen Alley Will Likely Enter Governor's Race Next Week

Willamette Week - March 3, 2016

Multiple sources tell WW that Allen Alley is highly likely to enter the Republican primary for governor next week, just ahead of the March 8 filing deadline.

Alley, or somebody working on his behalf, is currently polling to test his name recognition with voters and to see how he would fare against incumbent Democratic Gov. Kate Brown. Alley has also been calling potential donors and endorsers, gauging interest in his candidacy.

Alley, 61, formerly a venture capitalist and CEO of Pixelworks, a publicly traded technology company, ran for state treasurer in 2008, losing to Democrat Ben Westlund by 51 percent to 45 percent.

In 2010, he sought the GOP primary nomination for governor but lost to former NBA basketball player Chris Dudley.

Alley then served as chairman of the Oregon Republican Party from 2011 to 2013.

If Alley enters the 2016 primary, he will join Salem oncologist Dr. Bud Pierce, who has self-funded his campaign to the tune of more than $570,000 so far but has struggled to generate substantial support from other donors.

In his previous campaigns, Alley has shown himself to be a moderate who has focused on economic and educational issues. After leaving Pixelworks, a semiconductor company, he served as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Ted Kulongoski, a Democrat.

Alley did not immediately return a call seeking comment.