Chris Dudley decides to move to California

Chris Dudley decides to move to California
Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley makes remarks during a interview Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Chris Dudley, the former Republican candidate for Oregon governor, says he's moving to San Diego.

Dudley tells The Oregonian that his wife has a business opportunity in the area.

Dudley played for 16 years in the NBA including two stints with the Portland Trailblazers. In his 2010 campaign for governor, Dudley's campaign spent heavily but he lost by 1.5 percentage points to Democrat John Kitzhaber.

He tells friends on Facebook that the couple have purchased a home and will move at the end of the school year. He says he'll keep a home in Oregon, continue serving on several local boards and will still hold his summer basketball camp for children with diabetes in the rural Oregon town Vernonia.

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