Sen. Bates will run for re-election

Sen. Alan Bates filed his candidacy papers late Thursday, vowing to continue the transformation of Oregon's health care program if re-elected.

Bates, D-Medford, said his priority will be to continue to work on a new method of delivering health care to Medicaid patients while opening up a health care exchange, which is Oregon's response to the Affordable Care Act.

Dave Dotterrer, R-Ashland, also filed his candidacy papers this week, running unopposed in the Republican primary. If he wins the primary, Dotterrer would challenge opponents from other parties. So far only Bates and Dotterrer have filed.

Dotterrer, a legislative aid who worked with Rep. Dennis Richardson and a retired Marine Corps officer, narrowly lost to Bates in the 2010 election.

Bates, a Medford doctor who served in the U.S. Army, said he's been working on health care reform in the state for the past eight years and hopes voters will get a chance to see that the new programs are working well over the next year.

"My expectation is this plan will work reasonably well," said Bates, who became senator in 2005.

— Damian Mann

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