SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson says he will remain in office after being diagnosed with brain cancer, but gave no specifics about treatment he would undergo.
Richardson announced the diagnosis Wednesday in a statement. Richardson said he was optimistic, and that the discovery, made in May, had caught the disease early.
In a short video posted on social media, Richardson, who is 68, emphasized that he would continue in his official capacity, and would be working a full schedule.
"I am going to continue, I absolutely will fulfill my responsibilities," Richardson said. "Everything is going to be working as far as our scheduling is concerned."
The video was recorded live on Facebook, but Richardson did not respond to questions during the broadcast about what type of treatment he would undergo, and did not speak about his prognosis. His office did not respond to calls or messages seeking comment.
The 68-year-old Republican was a six-term member of the Oregon House before being elected to statewide office in 2016. He is currently the only Republican holding statewide office in Oregon, with a term ending in January 2021. (end AP article)
In a recent press release, Secretary Richardson had this to say:
"In May, I was diagnosed and began treatment for a small, cancerous brain tumor. While this was a difficult diagnosis to hear, I’m blessed and optimistic. We caught it early. I have a treatment plan in place, and I have an exceptional support system here at work and at home. I am taking on this challenge the same way I’ve taken on every challenge since my days flying 'Night Hawk' as a combat helicopter pilot—I’ve considered my options, set my goal, developed my plan, and failure is not an option."
"No one is promised tomorrow, so please use my situation as a reminder to be kinder, more patient, and more loving to each other. And, if by God’s grace we all live long, thriving lives, let’s live them with purpose. That’s my plan. I’ll keep you posted."