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County Chair Tootie Smith, Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam named in informal straw poll ahead of 2022 Republican primary.

FILE PHOTO - Clackamas County Chair Tootie SmithClackamas County Chair Tootie Smith's name is circulating in a poll by Oregon Catalyst aimed at taking the temperature of conservative voters ahead of the 2022 Republican gubernatorial primary.

Smith posted the poll to her official Facebook account on Tuesday, April 13, saying that while she has "no plans" to run for the position, she's honored to be included in the conversation.

The informal straw poll is currently live through Monday, April 19, on the conservative news outlet's website.

Despite claiming she currently has no intention of throwing her hat in the ring for 2022, Smith's post has received more than 100 intereactions and three dozen comments, the majority of which say they would support Smith's run for governor.

"If you change your mind, you have my vote," wrote Trisha Joy of Happy Valley.

Joel Tharp of Boring commented that Smith is "Blessed with common sense."

Carol Ann Kyser wrote, "Tootie, you really should run for governor. We need you to lead our great state and bring it back to greatness, and you can definitely do that."

Other names that appear in the poll include Clackamas County's own Stan Pulliam, mayor of Sandy who recently announced his exploratory committee for governor; State Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Roseburg; State Sen. Dennis Linthicum, R-Klamath Falls; State Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer; 2020 Republican Senate primary candidate Paul Romero; and 2016 Republican gubernatorial candidate and Salem physician Bud Pierce, who captured 43% of the vote in 2016 in the general election against Gov. Kate Brown.

"Maybe it's time for a different approach. Maybe Oregon needs a mayor," Pulliam said. "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."

According to Oregon Catalyst, the results of their poll be published once it closes on Monday, April 19.


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