Will she or won't she?
Though no formal announcement has been made yet, it looks increasingly likely that Canby Republican Christine Drazan will make a run for the governor's seat.
Drazan is currently the House Minority Leader and if or when she announces her intention to run for the state's highest office, she will join an increasingly crowded Republican field seeking the GOP bid. Those candidates also include Dr. Bud Pierce, a Salem oncologist and the 2016 Republican nominee for governor; Medford businesswoman Jessica Gomez; Baker City Mayor Kerry McQuisten; Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam; and political consultant Bridget Barton.
First reported by Willamette Week in a Nov. 22 story, Drazan said that she has been encouraged by friends and supporters to consider running for the governor's office. She said it's clear that Oregonians are ready for a change. A Republican win in the governor's race would be a huge change as the GOP hasn't won the governor's seat since 1982.
"When it comes to standing up for Oregonians, against powerful special interests and entrenched politicians in Salem, I've never backed down from a fight—and now I am ready to fight for the future of Oregon," Drazan said in a statement. "I look forward to formally launching my campaign to serve the people of Oregon as their governor in the weeks ahead."
Adding to the intrigue was the recent announcement by Sen. Betsy Johnson, a Democrat from Scappoose, who is running an unaffiliated campaign, that she already has more than $2 million in campaign contributions. A moderate, Johnson figures to siphon votes from both sides of the aisle come election time.
Drazan was elected to the House in 2018 and quickly rose through the ranks to be named House Minority Leader.
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