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- Election Spotlight – Oregon Governor’s Democratic Primary
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Election Spotlight – Oregon Governor’s Democratic Primary
In our latest election spotlight, we looked at the Republican primary in Ohio’s 9th congressional district. Today, let’s take a break from the Midwest and turn our attention to the Pacific Northwest — Oregon, to be precise.
On May 17, Oregon will hold a Democratic primary for governor. Incumbent Kate Brown (D) is term-limited and 15 candidates are seeking party nomination.
Contestants Tina Kotek and Tobias Read led the fundraising, notable mentions and media coverage.
Read is Oregon’s treasurer, a position to which he was first elected in 2016. Read is committed to reducing gun violence, investing in K-12 schools, and lowering child care costs. children. Read noted“We need to stop teetering from crisis to crisis and set a vision for where to take Oregon. Not just for next year, but for the next generation. My approach is simple: I will measure Oregon’s progress based on how well our kids are doing.” Read also focused on increasing the number of COVID-19 vaccines in Oregon, saying, “I think we need “consistent leadership in Oregon to overcome this pandemic and get us on the path we want to be on. Of course, that requires getting as many people vaccinated as possible and removing that as a barrier.” AFT-Oregon, a state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, and former Gov. Barbara Roberts, who served from 1991 to 1995, endorsed Read.
Kotek served as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 2007 until 2022, when she resigned to run for governor. She served as Speaker of the State House from 2013 to 2022. Kotek reformed zoning laws, raised minimum wages, and funded schools. Kotek noted, “The people of Oregon are living through a devastating pandemic, the intensifying effects of climate change and economic disruption that are leaving too many behind. We must move beyond divisive politics and focus on making real and meaningful to families in our state. Kotek said her time in the Legislature shows she knows how government works: “With new legislative leadership in 2023, it will be helpful to have a governor who has been at the Legislative Assembly and who held their positions. There is going to be change, but hopefully there will be continuity provided by a governor who understands what it means to be a legislative leader. The Oregon Education Association, the largest teachers’ union in the state, and EMILY’s List have endorsed Kotek.
David Beem, Julian Bell, Wilson Bright, George Carrillo, Michael Cross, Ifeanyichukwu Diru, Peter Hall, Keisha Merchant, Patrick Starnes, Dave Stauffer, John Sweeney, Michael Trimble, Genevieve Wilson are also running for this election.
Including Brown, Oregon’s last five governors have been Democrats. The state’s last Republican governor, Victor G. Atiyeh, served from 1979 to 1987.
Oregon is one of three state executives Democratic Battleground Primaries we identified in 2022. The other two are the Democratic primary for Secretary of State in Illinois and the Democratic primary for Attorney General in Texas.
There are 36 gubernatorial seats on the ballot in 2022.
#MondayTrivia: What’s the average length of a Supreme Court vacancy since 1962?
See you on Friday Brewwe watched the Senate confirmation hearings of Ketanji Brown Jackson, which start today[…]and I looked at some statistics on Supreme Court vacancies. Almost two months ago, on January 27, Justice Stephen Breyer announced that he planned to retire this summer, setting in motion the process to fill his next vacancy.
What is the average length of a Supreme Court vacancy since 1962, measured from the announcement of retirement to the confirmation of a successor?