Stan Pulliam, mayor of Sandy who is exploring a run for governor in 2022, is visiting Molalla next weekend and Canby the weekend after.
The public is invited to join Pulliam from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Fox Park, 425 S. Molalla Ave.
"I'm excited to host Mayor Stan Pulliam on this stop of the tour in our town," Molalla Mayor Scott Keyser said. "I invite the community to join us to get to know Stan and share with him what our community needs from our state."
Then Pulliam will be in Canby from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 15, at Wait Park, 350 N. Grant St.
The events are stops on Pulliam's listening tour across Oregon, during which he plans to join mayors, community leaders and others to talk about "how to bring Oregon back to its rugged, pioneer glory of innovation, fortitude and freedom," according to a news release from Keyser.
Pulliam often has vocally opposed decisions by Gov. Kate Brown during the COVID-19 pandemic, taking to local media sources, as well as national channels like Lars Larson and "Fox & Friends" to disparage her decisions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.
"Our current governor has ruled with a cold smugness inside a bubble of the ruling elite and special interests that continue to craft backroom deals, ignore scientific evidence of lockdown effectiveness, and prioritize the wish lists of her campaign contributors," Pulliam said. "Maybe it's time for a different approach. Maybe Oregon needs a mayor."
Pulliam was the leading candidate in an informal straw poll from Oregon Catalyst aimed at taking the temperature of conservative voters ahead of the 2022 Republican gubernatorial primary. He earned 45% of the poll vote.
Also included in the poll was Clackamas County Chair Tootie Smith, who posted the poll to her official Facebook account, saying that while she has "no plans" to run for the position, she's honored to be included in the conversation. She earned 7% of the poll vote.
Other names that appear in the poll include state Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Roseburg, earning 5% of the vote; state Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, earning 19%; 2020 Republican Senate primary candidate Paul Romero, earning 3%; and 2016 Republican gubernatorial candidate and Salem physician Bud Pierce, who captured 43% of the vote in 2016 in the general election against Brown, earning 21% of the poll vote behind Pulliam.
The 2022 Republican primary will be held on a date to be determined ahead of the Nov. 8, 2022, general election.
Brittany Allen and Sam Stites contributed to this report.
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