'Your Voice, Your Vote:' Allen Alley weighing political options

'Your Voice, Your Vote:' Allen Alley weighing political options »Play Video
Allen Alley.

PORTLAND, Ore. – State senator? State representative? Governor? Or none of those?

Allen Alley, who lost to former NBA star Chris Dudley during the Oregon Republican primary for governor in 2010, says he's looking at all three as possibilities, but he's not made a decision whether he'll run for anything.

"I said that I wouldn't make a decision until after the first of the year, and technically it is, but it'll be a few more weeks until I decide," he told KATU's Steve Dunn during "Your Voice, Your Vote" Sunday, Jan. 5.

Current Gov. John Kitzhaber has declared he'll run for a historic fourth term. Republicans state Rep. Dennis Richardson and rancher Jon Justesen have said they're running for governor, as well.

Alley says since both major parties have declined in voter registration, the key for winning the governor's office in Oregon is going after what he calls "the none of the above" party.

"With the demographics moving, I think when we get somebody that can appeal to Democrats, Republicans and now the third largest (group), but almost a third of the population is Independent or nonaffiliated – you have to be able to appeal to all of them," he said.

To watch the rest of the interview with Alley, a high-tech entrepreneur, former Oregon Republican Party chair and Deputy Chief of Staff to former Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski, click on the "Play Video" button.

Also, in the second segment, Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick joins Dunn to discuss changes in the parking permit rules for people with disabilities.