Allen Alley bows out of Oregon governor race

      SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Former Oregon Republican Party Chairman Allen Alley says he won't be running for governor or any other elected office this year.

      Alley announced his decision on Twitter on Monday and confirmed in a telephone call.

      He says he's "not going away," but it's not the right time for him to run for office. He says a run would make it impossible for him to the follow through on promises to help the management teams of companies he's invested in.

      Alley ran for governor in 2010 but lost the GOP primary to Chris Dudley. He had publicly mulled another run this year to challenge Democrat John Kitzhaber.

      His decision not to run leaves state Rep. Dennis Richardson of Central Point as the front-runner for the Republican nomination.

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