Elections, politics, Salem

State Senator Betsy Johnson announces unaffiliated run for governor

State Senator Betsy Johnson in the Banks BBQ Parade on Sunday, August 22, 2021. Photo: Chas Hundley

State Senator Betsy Johnson, a Democrat who serves the northwest corner of Oregon in the state legislature, including Gales Creek and Banks, will run for governor under no party’s banner in 2022, Johnson said in an email to supporters. 

In the email, sent Thursday afternoon and obtained by this publication, Johnson said that Oregonians were “eager” for new leadership. 

“But having to choose between another left-wing liberal promising more of the same or a right-wing Trump apologist – is no choice at all,” Johnson wrote. “Oregonians deserve better than the excesses and nonsense of the extreme left and radical right.”

Noting her belief that sensible solutions are found in the middle, Johnson said that she decided to run . . .

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