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Southwest Portland readers weigh in on Nick Kristof's candidacy for Oregon governor

Kristof earns my vote

for Oregon governor

Heard there's been a lot of debate about who gets to run for office in Oregon and who doesn't. Also heard rumors that political insiders may have pressured the secretary of state to keep Nick Kristof off the ballot.

Thankfully, three former secretaries of state have clarified that Oregon became a leader in protecting voter access and voting rights by including rather than excluding people from participating in the democratic process.

In addition, a former Supreme Court Justice's opinion agrees that Nick qualifies for the ballot. Those experts trust voters to decide who's the best choice to lead Oregon, and that's how it should be.

I'm supporting Nick Kristof. He has spent his life standing up for people ignored by their governments. He is a longtime Oregonian who will tackle problems like homelessness and economic fairness to climate change, and I expect to see his name on the 2022 ballot.

John Puntenney

Southwest Portland

Supreme Court should

let Kristof run for office

I was pleased to read that three former secretaries of state agree that Nick Kristof qualifies for the ballot. They point out that election officials have usually chosen to include — not exclude — candidates from the democratic process. Oregon's overall election process is proudly inclusive, and Nick Kristof has spent his life standing up for people, like those he grew up with in Yamhill County, who were left behind by government policies.

I urge the Supreme Court to put Nick Kristof on the ballot and let the voters decide.

Susan Kirschner

South Portland

Kristof should back off politics

It is time to push back against the arrogance of Nicholas Kristof. His interest in being governor of Oregon has revealed him to be empathetic to social ills but also an arrogant landowner of inherited property with an aristocratic sense of entitlement. He is better off keeping busy on the Yamhill farm, earning state residency, learning the political interests of Oregonian voters, building alliances, insulting fewer people, and perhaps running for governor in four years as a credible candidate. In the bigger picture he might also be less likely to criticize established leaders like the late Michael Harrington who did have bold ideas to eliminate inequality in America.

John Sheridan

Southwest Portland

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