EUGENE, Ore. - In the last days of the campaign, Chris Dudley has been on a long bus tour of Oregon.
"I sense a pride in Oregonians," he said, "and when you say we're 42nd in employment, 43rd in K-12 education, one in homelessness, number two in hunger - Oregonians that I'm talking to feel that we can do so much better than this. We have so much for us here, such a fantastic place - let's change things."
Dudley said he has a plan to control state spending and reform government.
"It's really getting ahold of the rate of increase and reigning that back in and saying government cannot continue to grow at this rate we have to bring it in we have to get aligned with what's happened on the private side and we have to really prioritize shrink and make government more efficient and that's critically important to get a handle on our costs."
He said the biggest issue by far in Oregon is the economy and unemployment.
"Our unemployment rate has been higher than the national average for 14 consecutive years so we really need job creation to be a top priority instead of an afterthought," Dudley said.
Dudley said there's a difference between him and John Kitzhaber about how that should be done.
"He believes government politicians create jobs," Dudley said. "I believe that it's private sides small business entrepenuers they create the jobs that we need."
KVAL News asked Dudley about the state's natural resources. He said it's all about balance.
"By not managing or not harvesting timber the way we probably should, we've gotten a lose-lose in that we don't have the jobs, we don't have the resources, the timber has become overgrown, bug-infested, dies, goes up in these catastrophic wildfires, so it's a lose on the resource side, the job side, but it's also a lose on the environmental side because of the carbon going up into the air," Dudley said. "So we need to get to a place where we're actively managing the forests and so we have a true win win as well as embracing bio-mass and other ways that we can create jobs but also preserve our forests for our future."