The speculation on the Troutdale Street is that Brad Fudge, who happens to be a good friend of House district 49 Democrat candidate Rob Brading, was encouraged to run as a third candidate for district 49 in an attempt to drain votes from incumbent Karen Minnis.
I've also heard that Fudge, who was recently elected as the new President of the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, failed let the Chamber know he was jumping into the district 49 race.
Regardless of Fudge's motivation to run, he has no chance of winning at this late entry date. As I've stated earlier, I'd still consider voting for him in the future. But not in this race.