Eugene TV news anchor Rick Dancer became the first Republican to declare his candidacy for a statewide office today, announcing he will run for Secretary of State.
From the Register Guard:
TV newsman Rick Dancer will try to trade in the face familiarity and the goodwill he amassed while reporting for nearly 20 years in Eugene — and emceeing hundreds of charity events — for a shot at statewide elective office.
He quit his job as anchor of the KEZI 9 evening news on Sunday and will christen his campaign for secretary of state today at a pair of news conferences in Salem and Eugene, with the latter scheduled for noon at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza.
Dancer led KEZI’s 11 p.m. news program Sunday with the announcement of his candidacy, and his departure from broadcasting. Later in the program, he aired a taped retrospective of some of the stories he has covered for the station, with a voiceover that hit on such themes as service to the community.
Dancer, 48, is the only Republican candidate to emerge so far. The filing deadline is March 11.
He has the blessing of the state Republican Party. Executive Director Amy Langdon and Chairman Vance Day traveled to Eugene on Sunday to be present as Dancer made his initial announcement in a newspaper interview and over the TV station airwaves.
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