Former New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof Runs for Governor of Oregon

From a story on by Zach Montellaro headlined “Former NYT columnist Kristof launches Oregon governor run”:

Nicholas Kristof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, announced on Wednesday that he was joining the crowded Oregon Democratic primary field for governor.

Kristof has been making moves to set up for a gubernatorial run for months. POLITICO reported in early September that he has reached out to potential campaign staffers, and he left The Times earlier this month in order to further prepare for a run.

He kicked off his campaign on Wednesday with a biographical video highlighting his roots in the state and hitting the existing political system for not tackling homelessness or addiction.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, is term-limited. The post will likely stay in Democratic hands, and Kristof is far from a frontrunner in the field. He enters a primary to replace Brown that also includes state House Speaker Tina Kotek, state Treasurer Tobias Read and several other candidates….

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