Betsy Johnson gains a spot on November ballot for governor
Former state Sen. Betsy Johnson has qualified for the Nov. 8 general election as an unaffiliated candidate for governor.
Johnson called it, "This is a momentous day for Oregon."
Ben Morris, spokesman for Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, confirmed that Johnson would be on the ballot alongside Democrat Tina Kotek and Republican Christine Drazan.
"This afternoon the Oregon Elections Division notified Betsy Johnson that she has qualified for the November 2022 general election," Morris said.
Johnson, the former Democrat from Columbia County, submitted more than the 23,744 valid signatures required to qualify for the general election slate that will go before all 2.9 million registered voters in Oregon.
Johnson submitted what she said were 48,214 signatures at the secretary of state's office on Aug. 16. The secretary's Elections Division had until next Tuesday to announce whether Johnson's petitions had passed a random verification sampling.
The final statewide ballot will be set Aug. 30. County and local ballots must be finalized no later than Sept. 8.
Oregon is making history as the first state in the nation in which three women will vie for a governorship in a general election.
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