SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The race to become Oregon’s next secretary of state has heated up, with former House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson announcing her candidacy.
The Democratic state representative from Portland said Wednesday her priorities, if she wins, would be to keep elections free and fair and protect them from foreign tampering; work to limit big corporate money in elections, and draw fair lines for political districts so people of color and minority communities have a voice.
Also running as Democratic candidates are Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a Terrebonne woman who in 2018 tried to unseat Republican Rep. Greg Walden in Congress, losing but coming closer than any previous Democratic challenger, and state Sen. Mark Hass.
No Republicans have formally filed as candidates.
Secretary of State Bev Clarno, a Republican from Redmond appointed to the position by Gov. Kate Brown, is not a candidate.
News release from Jennifer Williamson:
Democrat Jennifer Williamson enters race for Oregon Secretary of State
“This election is about protecting our basic rights and standing up for our democracy.”