Oregon election officials ask gubernatorial candidate Nick Kristof for more information on residency, OPB reports
SALEM – Oregon election officials are seeking more information to determine whether former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is eligible to run for governor.
Kristof announced his candidacy last October and officially filed documents on Monday to run as a Democrat.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that the Oregon Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday asked Kristof’s campaign for information to determine whether Kristof meets the residency requirements for candidates.
Oregon state law states that candidates for governor must be residents of the state for at least three years prior to elections.
A legal opinion from attorneys working for Kristof said he had always viewed Oregon as his home, even though his job required him to live around the world. Kristof has said he is keen to run for governor in the state he grew up in to tackle issues such as rural poverty and drug addiction.
Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn – who was also a reporter for the New York Times – bought a 150-acre property in the small town of Yamhill, about an hour’s drive from Portland, in 1993.
In a letter to Kristof, Lydia Plukchi of the Secretary of State’s office said candidate eligibility is usually verified by checking voter registration records, “but your Oregon voter registration contains information. insufficient â.
She added, âAdditionally, it has come to our attention that you voted in New York State as late as 2020. Our office has reviewed the legal notice issued regarding your residence in Oregon, but the memo does not address the effect of that vote on your residence in Oregon.
Plukchi asked Kristof to respond with “any documentation or explanation beyond your published legal note” to show that he was a resident of Oregon for three years prior to November 2022, when the general election of governor.
Kristof’s announcement that he would run for governor generated a lot of interest and he raised over $ 1 million in less than a month.
Democrats have served as governor since 1987, and other party members running for high office in the state include Oregon House President Tina Kotek and State Treasurer Tobias Read.
Republicans seeking their party’s nomination include State Representative Christine Drazan, former Republican candidate Bud Pierce and Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam.
Former Democratic State Senator Betsy Johnson is running as an Independent.