Tim Carr graduated from Portland State in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in political science.
This article originally appeared in the Oregonian. Read the original article here.
A little more than a year ago, doctors told Tim Carr he had only a few days to live after suffering a massive heart attack.
Today, Carr, 55, is not only alive but he's joined the growing group of Republican candidates for Oregon governor.
"I'm getting stronger, so I'm not too concerned about that," Carr said about his past health troubles. "I should be in Hawaii on the beach, but that's not me."
Carr said he was prompted to file after he saw the Republican primary has no candidates from the Portland area.
"If you have any chance at all of beating (Democratic Gov.) John Kitzhaber, you better come from the Portland area," Carr said.
Carr becomes the fifth Republican to announce intentions to run for governor. Others are Rep. Dennis Richardson, of Central Point, Jon Justesen, of Sherman County, Bruce Cuff, of Salem, and Gordon Challstrom, of Medford. Kitzhaber has announced he is running for re-election.
Until his health problems, Carr was President and CEO of CoSource USA, a Tualatin company that makes truck parts for Freightliner and other heavy equipment factories. He said he sold his interest in the company when he thought he was dying.
He recovered after having open heart surgery at Oregon Health & Science University. Since then, he said, he's had some time on his hands and he began tracking the governor's race.
"I noticed (Rep.) Dennis Richardson in the race, and I saw Kitzhaber was going to run again. I was thinking OK, we've got a race. But then I was wondering who from Portland was going to run."
When no one did, Carr decided to file. He said he hopes his entry helps spur Portland-area Republicans to get active in the race.
"It's just terrible what's happened to the Republican Party in the last 25 years" in Oregon, Carr said.
Carr, who lists no experience in elective politics, has a bachelor's degree from Portland State University in political science and business.