Gordon Challstrom is facing Representative Dennis Richardson for the Republican nomination. The winner will face Governor Kitzhaber in November.
Challstrom ran a concrete company for twenty years in Medford. He says he's running to shrink state government and create jobs.
"I just believe as a businessman I know what economic environment you need to be promoting job growth. I would say if you elect a lawyer, you're going to get more laws, but if you elect a businessman, you'll get more jobs."
Challstrom says if elected, he will reduce the tax burden and unnecessary government regulations that are depressing Oregon's job market.