Republican in race for treasurer
Following a report this week that State Treasurer Tobias Read has accepted more than a quarter of a million dollars from out-of-state law firms since 2015, a political opponent is using the negative light to announce he is seeking to challenge Read again in 2020.
Jeff Gudman, a former Lake Oswego City Councilor and Republican candidate for treasurer in 2016, announced Thursday that he intends to file for the May primary in the coming weeks.
In a letter to his followers, Gudman outlines the bombshell story published Wednesday by Oregon Public Broadcasting that made public contributions to Reed's campaign from special interests, including the fact that as of early December, more than 40% of the money the Read reported raising in 2019 came from big-time firms headquartered in places like New York City and Washington, D.C., much of which came from lawyers who receive work from the state of Oregon.
Aside from spreading the word about Read's campaign finances, Gudman also made a plea for followers to contribute to his own campaign.
In 2016, Gudman only raised about $134,000 and was outspent by Read's camp 5-1, yet he was only defeated by a 2% margin of victory.