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Kitzhaber will run for a fourth term as governor

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Oregon Gov. John KitzhaberGov. John Kitzhaber said Monday morning that he will run for an unprecedented fourth term.

Kitzhaber made the announcement during a press conference at Earl Boyles Elementary School in Southeast Portland.

A Sunday press release announcing the gathering was headlined "John Kitzhaber for Governor 2014."

The 66-year-old Kitzhaber served two terms as governor from 1995 to 2003. He was elected to a third term in 2010, narrowly defeating Republican Chris Dudley, a Lake Oswego businessman and former Portland Trail Blazers center.

Kitzahber has been raising campaign funds for the potential 2014 race. He has received nearly $233,000 so far this year, including $10,000 from Nike last month.

After his announcement, Kitzhaber planned to give the keynote address at the Oregon Business Plan Leadership Summit.