Clackamas Co. GOP chief will run for state chairman

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Clackamas County Republican Chairman John Lee Jr. says he'll run for chairman of the state Republican Party.

Lee announced his bid Tuesday, touting success electing conservative candidates to local offices in Clackamas County and winning on several local ballot measures. He says he would honor the GOP's ideological diversity and create a more inclusive brand for the Republican Party.

Two-time congressional candidate Art Robinson of Cave Junction announced a run for chairman last month.

Current chairman Allen Alley isn't seeking another term. Republican activists will select new statewide leaders at a meeting in Salem on Feb. 2.

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