Drazan takes lead in race for Republican gubernatorial primary
UPDATE: Drazan remains in the lead with 23.8% of the vote.
As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam has 9.90% of the vote and 25,825 votes in the race to be named the Republican nominee for governor. Pulliam is currently the third highest vote getter in the race.
"Initial results seem to show that our efforts to become Oregon's next Governor were not successful last night," Pulliam told The Post on Wednesday, May 18.
Former Rep. Christine Drazan (R-Canby) and former minority leader remains in the lead with 60,733 votes and 23.29% of the vote. The gap between Drazan and Bob Tiernan, the second highest vote getter, grew over night, and he now sits at 47,756 votes and 18.31% of the vote.
These results are more inconclusive than typical early counts because of an issue with ballots printed for Clackamas County. Over 50,000 ballots with barcode issues are being painstakingly copied by hand, which will delay final results potentially into June.
Pulliam announced his gubernatorial candidacy September 2021 during a press conference held at Meinig Memorial Park.
Pulliam considers his involvement in spearheading the "Open Oregon" movement in January the impetus of his decision to explore running for governor. The "Open Oregon" movement encouraged businesses to reopen New Year's Day, under lesser COVID-19 restrictions than what was mandated at the time.
Pulliam campaigned on a platform that was pro-police funding, pro-life and pro-lesser COVID-19 restrictions on schools and businesses.
"I've spoken often about the once in a lifetime opportunity as conservatives we have in front of us with the election this fall here in Oregon," Pulliam said. "We must now all come together and unite behind the candidacy of our eventual declared winner. If we don't draw the line now in our home communities, our home state — we will not just lose our state but our country forever. Let's seize this moment and take our great state back. Now a new journey for our family begins. While one never knows what the future has in store, I do know it will include an unwavering commitment to our community of Sandy and our state of Oregon."
When asked, Pulliam said he has not determined if he'll seek re-election as mayor of Sandy this fall. The deadline to file is in June.
"I'll be weighing that decision over the next several weeks while spending some much needed time with family," Pulliam said.
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