Tina Kotek Was Elected As Governor:- The election of Democrat Tina Kotek as the next governor of Oregon extends Democratic control over the state and dashes Republican hopes of snatching a rare victory in a crucial race on the West Coast of the United States.
Governor Election Is Won By Democrat Tina Kotek
Democrat Tina Kotek is the second openly lesbian governor to be elected in the United States, joining Maura Healey of Massachusetts.
It truly is an honor, Kotek declared. “I can assure you that Oregonians from all throughout the state value my right to be who I am. Many young people have approached me and expressed gratitude for my running and for being who I am.
Republican Christine Drazan, an ex-lawmaker herself, has mounted a serious campaign against the longstanding speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.
Kotek announced to an invited group of media and fans holding her campaign placards that she was prepared to get to work as she stood in front of a fountain in Portland on Thursday morning just a short distance from the Willamette River.
She stated that she intended to visit various communities in Oregon beginning in January to speak with local leaders about problems the state is now facing, including the lack of affordable housing and addiction. She stated that her top goals include reducing homelessness, enhancing access to addiction and mental health care, and attempting to mend the state’s divisions.
Drazan and Johnson, a former state senator who ran as an independent and who conceded Tuesday night, have been speaking with Kotek, who told reporters that she has spoken with them.
The Drazan campaign expressed hope that when more votes were tallied, Kotek’s margin would be reduced.
Election authorities must receive legitimate mail-in ballots with a postmark by Tuesday. In a state with 3 million registered voters, there could be tens of thousands of uncounted ballots that are still in the mail.
The 2022 election will be different from the 2022 election because of a 2021 law passed by the Legislature that permits ballots to be counted if they were postmarked before 8 p.m. on election day. Oregon was the first state to implement vote-by-mail. Votes had to be submitted before election day in the past.
Drazan disagreed with the 2021 postmark measure while it was being considered by the GOP lawmakers.
Back then, she told a House committee, “Deadlines are deadlines.” When it comes to some of these elections with low turnout, I believe it will present some difficulties and increase the complexity of the law.
Johnson’s inclusion as a wild card in the contest boosted Republican hopes that they could defeat Democrats in statewide elections in Oregon, California, and Washington state and win an Oregon governor’s race for the first time in 40 years.
The Oregon House speaker who served the longest was Kotek. Drazan served as the previous head of the House’s Republican minority. President Joe Biden visited Portland to increase Kotek’s chances since Democrats were so afraid about losing the governorship.
According to Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, it takes time to confirm the results since each signature on each ballot envelope must be confirmed.
Democrats cautioned that a Drazan victory may jeopardize the state’s democratic elections, environmental regulations, and access to abortion.
Drazan compares electing Kotek to re-elect Governor Kate Brown, who is prohibited from running again due to term limits, and accuses Democrats of causing homelessness, crime, and inflation.
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