Bill Bradbury isn't just running for Oregon governor. He's zipping — on a Segway.
Using the personal transporter is one way the Democratic politician deals with the effects of multiple sclerosis. He was diagnosed with the disease 30 years ago, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming one of the most exuberant and popular figures on Oregon's political scene.
Tall and lanky, he glides into campaign events on his electric standup vehicle, his booming laugh often heralding his arrival. The disease has affected his physical skills, he says, but not his mental abilities or his capacity to govern.
"I get energized by the challenge of this campaign," he says. "I really feel like the disability doesn't interfere with my ability to serve the people of this state."
The is an excerpt from an Associated Press article that ran in the New York Times on October 24. Read more here.