Farm Bureau backs Dudley

The Oregon Farm Bureau has endorsed ex-Portland Trail Blazer Chris Dudley for governor.

The state's largest agricultural organization announced Feb. 19 it chose Dudley, a Republican, after interviewing four gubernatorial candidates.

"Chris Dudley is a dynamic new voice for Oregon," OFB President Barry Bushue said. "He understands the needs of family-owned businesses and the challenges that all Oregonians face today. He brings the fresh perspective and strong leadership this state so desperately needs."

The Bureau invited five candidates to be interviewed, including projected front-runners Portland businessman Allen Alley, former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, former Gov. John Kitzhaber, Dudley and former Rep. John Lim, R-Gresham.

All but Lim participated.

Eleven candidates have filed for governor.

Oregon's primary election is May 18. The general election is Nov. 2.

--Mitch Lies

State plans water meetings

The Oregon Water Resources Department is holding open houses this spring for citizens to provide input on the development of an Integrated Water Resources Strategy.

All open houses are from 4 to 7 p.m.

Some dates and locations are: March 31, Gresham City Hall; April 7, the Holiday Inn in Ontario; April 8, Umatilla City Hall; April 22, Conference and Community Center in Bandon; April 28, Tillamook County Library.

May 11, Medford Library; May 12, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls; May 13, Redmond Fire and Rescue; June 8, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Office in Salem; June 10, Eugene Public Library.

Information: www.wrd.state.or.us

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