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Ousted Clackamas County lawmaker often has been at odds with his own party, which backs Democrat Tina Kotek for governor.

PMG PHOTO: JAELEN OGADHOH - Rep. Kurt Schrader, left, tours a new community college clinic in this January photo. Schrader, a Democrat, is not backing his party's candidate for governor, Tina Kotek, in the November election.U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon, has endorsed Betsy Johnson, a former Democrat and now unaffiliated candidate for Oregon governor in the November general election.

Schrader, a Clackamas County resident who has had a contentious relationship with the Democratic Party for years, was ousted by challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner in the May primary election. He will leave office at the end of 2022.

"I have been deeply committed in my public service to getting things done and I believe to do that you have to work across the aisle," Schrader said. "I think that's a critical component of any leader, whether they be in Congress, the president or governor of the state of Oregon."

Johnson, who lives in Columbia County, left the Democratic Party and the Oregon Senate to run as an unaffiliated candidate. She previously garnered endorsements from former Gov. Ted Kulongoski, a Democrat, and former state Democratic Party Chair Margaret Carter of North Portland.

She also is endorsed by former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith and former gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler, both Republicans.

In November, Johnson will face former Speaker of the Oregon House Tina Kotek, a Democrat, and former House minority leader Christine Drazan, a Republican.


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