Candidates for Governor

May 17 Primary Election

 

NOTE:  Below you’ll find an alphabetical list of candidates for Governor who’ll be on the ballot, along with their websites.

Thanks to Jackie Rosen for the following information. She is an NL from Ashland.

The Governor Candidates in their Own Words - from the Mail Tribune
https://www.mailtribune.com/in-their-own-words-governor-candidates/

IMPORTANT:  What you need to know about Betsy Johnson who is running for governor as a NAV (non-affiliated voter)
 

Follow this link to read about Betsy Johnson.

List of Candidates for Governor

David Beem

David Beem of Salem, has worked as precinct committee person in House Dist. 21 and as a capital volunteer with Governor Brown. Former member of the Oregon Disabilities Commission.

Website: Not available
Email: DavidBeem45@gmail.com
Info: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2005/jul/24/developmentally-disabled-man-to-run-for-governor/

Julian Bell

Bell is a physician and plein air painter from Ashland. His main issue is climate, and he has been an activist for some time on this subject.
Website: https://www.drjulianbell.com/
Email: drjulianbell@gmail.com

Wilson Bright

Retired Portland businessman Wilson Bright seeks to end homelessness and create jobs with a statewide “Rent to Own” program, respecting the environment and budgets. He proposes creating compounds for 17,000 homeless people who would receive beans and water and could work for more benefits.
Website: https://endoregonhomelessness.org/

Email: Not available

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endoregonhomelessness

Michael Cross

Software designer, former business owner. He says businesses shouldn’t be fined for operating in violation of COVID-19 mandates, that “defunding the police is insanity,” and that the state should be open, with or without masking.
Website: https://michaelcrossfororegon.com

 

George Carrillo

Works for Oregon Health Authority and lives in Multnomah Co., and supports reform in criminal justice, health care, immigration and government agencies, and addressing climate issues. He’s been a sheriff’s deputy in Arizona, volunteer at Clark County Skills Center, and was in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has a bachelor’s in criminal justice admin.
Website: http://www.georgefororegon.org/

Email: info@GeorgeforOregon.org

Facebook: George Carrillo for Governor
(503) 610 3538

Ifeanyichukwu Diru

A Beaverton farmer and US Army vet, he aims to scale production and reduce regulation, and a 0% tax for agricultural industry. He seeks a pardon program that allows criminals who turn in weapons, work 5 years for the state, and make restitution to victims to be pardoned by governor.
Website: https://www.tosein.com/
Email: diru4oregon@tosein.com

Peter Hall

City councilor in Haines, Baker Co.; board member, League of Oregon Cities. Univ. or Wash. graduate. He says social welfare programs should be based on cost, not just income, and that police culture should be changed to recruit officers who will do the job ethically.
Website: https://www.peterhallgovforall.com/
Email: walkingmountains22@yahoo.com

Tina Kotek

Oregon House Speaker since 2013; she has been a state rep. since 2007. Multnomah resident. She wants to prioritize affordable housing, expand access to healthcare, and tackle the climate crisis. Kotek raised the minimum wage, passed paid family leave, and voted to put Oregon on a path to 100% clean electricity.
Website: http://TinaForOregon.com
Email: info@tinafororegon.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tina4Oregon/

Friends of Tina Kotek: 907 351 3104

Organizations and individuals endorsing Tina Kotek
Read: Comparison of Tina Kotek and Tobias Read on Labor Issues

​Keisha Lanell Merchant

“Coach Kay” Merchant - Life Coach – interested in Justice & Reparations, environmental justice, universal access to all forms of wellness/health care, employment, training and career education. Bachelors in Women’s Studies.
Website: https://drcoachkay.wixsite.com/drcoachkay4governor
Email: drcoachkayforgovernor@gmail.com
(503) 479 5493

Tobias Read

Has been state treasurer since 2017. Wants to invest in public education – free pre-school and wants to act on Climate Change and provide more affordable housing. From Washington Co.

Website: https://TobiasRead.com

Email: campaign@tobiasread.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TobiasReadOR

(503) 960-4245

Organizations and individuals endorsing Tobias Read

Read: Comparison of Tina Kotek and Tobias Read on Labor Issues

Patrick Starnes

He ran as an Independent for governor in 2018. His main concern is campaign finance reform. Also homelessness.

Website: https://starnes2022.com/

Email: patrickstarnes@live.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patrick.starnes.14
(541) 671 7829

Organizations and individuals endorsing Patrick Starnes

Dave W Stauffer

Focused on implementing climate change solutions (is an environmental inventor) to address traffic and rising temps, and on procuring water for Eastern and Southern Oregon. Former accounting and business professor and retired attorney. Stauffer ran for various other offices in the past, as a Republican and as a Democrat. (He ran as a Republican for secretary of state in 2020, but lost in the primary; also lost in the 2018 Republican primary race for governor, and lost in race for 2016
Oregon governor as a Democrat.)
Website: Not available
Facebook: Dave Stauffer for Governor

Elect Dave Stauffer Committee: (503) 285 1100 or (503) 810 7735

John Sweeney

Two of his big concerns are the high school graduation rate and climate change. He’s run for a lot of different offices over the years. Land management consultant, activist, former Director, Multnomah Ed. Services Dist.

Website: Not available

Email: Sweeney88@gmail.com

Michael Trimble

The one without hands. Wants to increase cycling and pedestrian safety. Wants to expand Medicaid to those who earn under $93,000. From Clackamas County.
Website: https://www.trimbleforgov.com/
Email: michael@trimbleforgov.com
Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/trimbleforgov

(503) 383 9693

Genevieve Wilson

Computer Systems Engineer for SFBART, Programmer analyst, Firestone, Chair Bus. Dept. College of West Africa.

Website: Not available

Email: gen.wilson1@yahoo.com
(971) 398 6333

NLP:  What you may need to know about Betsy Johnson

You will likely be asked about Betsy Johnson.  She is running for governor as a NAV (non-affiliated voter).  She is a former member of the Democratic Party who has won several terms as a state representative and state senator serving Tillamook, Seaside, and Astoria areas.  Find out more from her Wikipedia entry

Johnson is kind of like the Joe Manchin of the Oregon Democratic Party.  She has voted with Republicans on business issues, cap-and-trade, and guns.  She has supported the Timber Unity movement.  She has no qualms about accepting large corporate contributions.  Nike’s Phil Knight and Lithia’s Alan Deboer are big financial supporters. 

 

It's too soon to know which party she will impact most in November, but judging from her endorsements by Democrats as well as Republicans (see her website), she will be a major force and could very well make the difference this fall.  It’s not clear if she can win against the major parties.  But it’s not hard to imagine that because of her, we could see the first Republican victory since the 1990s.  Stay tuned.