In her first campaign ad of the general election, Republican candidate for Governor Christine Drazan emphasizes her Oregon heritage and takes aim at Democratic Governor Kate Brown, who is serving her final term, and her Democratic and independent challengers.
Drazan won the Republican nomination in May by outpacing a field of nearly 20 rivals, expecting to become the first Republican to win a gubernatorial election in Oregon in 40 years.
She will compete in the general election in November against independent challenger Betsy Johnson, a former moderate Democratic state senator, and former state House Speaker Tina Kotek, who won an equally competitive Democratic primary.
“I’m an Oregonian, my life is an Oregon story. I was born in Klamath Falls where family and community, were everything to me,” Drazan says at the top of her spot.
After Governor John Kitzhaber resigned in February 2015, Brown was appointed governor. She was elected in a special election in 2016 and was given a full four-year term in 2018, although term limitations prevent her from running again.
“Growing up, I saw first-hand politicians put their personal goals ahead of hard-working people,” says Drazan, a former state lawmaker who served as state House minority leader for two years.
Additionally, she charges “Kate Brown, Tina Kotek, and Betsy Johnson of having incredible power, yet they have only made matters worse,” criticizing them for imposing a “huge sales tax” and releasing “a thousand dangerous felons.”
“If you are looking for a third term of Kate Brown, you’ve got two great choices – Tina Kotek and Betsy Johnson,” Drazan claims before highlighting that “if you’re looking for a new direction – someone who has actually stood up to Kate Brown – then let’s do this.”
Watch it here: Youtube/Christine For Oregon