Former longtime New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof announced on Oct. 27 that he is running for governor of Oregon.
“I’ve never run for political office in my life, but I have spent a lifetime shining a light in the darkest corners of the globe, and it broke my heart when I returned from crises abroad only to find crises here at home, and that’s why I’m running for governor,” Kristof said in a video announcement.
The first-time candidate cited “unaffordable housing, weak mental health support, inadequate education, and a politics that has treated addiction not as a disease but as a crime” as issues of the state.
“It’s time to do something about a system that’s rigged against so many ordinary Oregonians,” Kristof said.
After working for the New York Times for over 30 years, Kristof resigned earlier this month after taking a leave since July to decide whether he should run for office.
The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner will run as a Democrat, joining Oregon State House Speaker Tina Kotek, State Treasurer Tobias Read, and several other Democratic candidates running for the position for the 2022 Primary Election.
Meanwhile, 12 Republicans are also running for the position.
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