Ashland resident Dave Dotterrer held a rally on the Jackson County Courthouse steps this morning to announce he'd filed his candidacy papers to run for the state Senate seat now held by Alan Bates.

"Your Legislature does not work well," said Dotterrer, a Republican who narrowly lost in his last election against Bates, a Medford Democrat. "It is time to change how we do business."

Dotterrer worked with Rep. Dennis Richardson, R-Central Point, on state budget issues for three years.

Bates has said he will file his candidacy papers in the next day or two.

— Damian Mann