LA GRANDE — One of the last Oregon Republican gubernatorial candidates has filed his paperwork for the soon-to-be open seat, and in doing so became the first Black GOP candidate in the state’s history to run for governor.

Tim McCloud, who grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and now lives in Linn County, is a former Eastern Oregon University student who works for an aerospace and defense manufacturer as a business analyst. While he was studying at EOU, he was homeless and supporting his family, which includes his wife and three daughters — an experience he said gave him a unique perspective into Oregon’s approach to addressing homelessness.

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