Government, politics, Salem

Sen. Betsy Johnson will resign to focus on run for governor

Betsy Johnson will end her 20-year career in the state Legislature on Wednesday to focus all her attention on her non-affiliated run for governor.

Johnson, who left the Democratic Party in October to launch her campaign, said in a video shared Tuesday that she would resign as state senator to ensure her constituents had someone fully dedicated to representing them.

“Northwest Oregon deserves a full-time senator, and running for governor is a full-time job,” Johnson said.

Johnson, of Scappoose, doesn’t have a primary in May and is free to spend the next 11 months making her pitch to general election voters. She has to obtain about 24,000 signatures from Oregon voters by Aug. 30 to make it to the November ballot. She is running as a non-affiliated candidate and not as part of the Independent Party of Oregon.

So far, she has focused . . .

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