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Nathalie Paravicin says the Democrat is the only one committed to campaign finance reform of the five still running for governor Nov. 8.

The withdrawal of the Pacific Green and Progressive Party candidate is expected to give some political latitude to Tina Kotek, the Democratic and Working Families nominee for governor.

Nathalie Paravicini said in a statement that a major aim of her candidacy was fulfilled by Kotek's web posting of details for state campaign finance. Oregon is among a handful of states with no limits on contributions or spending.

Paravicini said:

"Winning an election is not only about getting elected but also about raising alternative solutions and changing the debate. That objective was advanced when Tina Kotek made specific public commitments to prioritize campaign finance reform.

"The key factor in my decision (to withdraw) is that a candidate in the race is now committed publicly on her website to real campaign finance reform in Oregon."

Among those proposals: Individual contribution limits of $2,000 to statewide candidates and $1,000 for legislative candidates; limits and restrictions on political action committees; individual small-donor PACs with proportional limits; and public financing to match small-donor contributions.

Oregon voters in 2020 approved a constitutional amendment to enable lawmakers or voters to regulate campaign finances without conflicting with the guarantee of free expression. But lawmakers failed last year or this to advance legislation to a vote of either chamber.

Kotek, a former Oregon House speaker from Portland, is in a tight race among three women for governor Nov. 8. The others are Republican Christine Drazan of Canby, who led her party in the House, and unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson of Scappoose, who also was in the House and Senate as a Democrat. Two remaining minor-party candidates on the ballot are R. Leon Noble of Newport, Libertarian Party, and Donice Noelle Smith of Roseburg, Constitution Party.

"The other candidates' websites say not a single word about this key issue that has overwhelming support from Oregon voters," David Delk, Oregon Progressive Party chair, said in a statement.

Four years ago, Patrick Starnes of Brownsville withdrew as the Independent Party nominee in favor of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, who pledged to support campaign finance reform. Brown defeated Republican Rep. Knute Buehler of Bend; Starnes, whose name stayed on the ballot, drew 2.9%. Starnes ran as a Democrat this year for the open position and made campaign finance reform a major campaign theme. But he drew just 2.1% in the May 17 primary; Kotek, 56%.

Recent showings by Pacific Green or Progressive party candidates for governor: Joe Keating, 1.45% for Pacific Green in 2006; none in 2010; Jason Levin, 2.1% for Pacific Green, Chris Henry, 1% for Progressive in 2014; none in 2016; Chris Henry, .6% for Progressive in 2018.

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NOTE: Adds showing by Pacific Green and Progressive party candidates in races for Oregon governor going back to 2006.

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