Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Monday put rumors to rest and officially said she will not enter Oregon’s crowded race for governor.
On Monday, Democrat Rosenblum said in a two-minute-long high-production video post on Twitter that upon considerable reflection, she believes she can best continue to serve the state by remaining attorney general.
“I am not running for governor so I can keep my eye on the legal ball in our state without political distraction,” Rosenblum said.
A message from Ellen about the 2022 Oregon Governor's race: pic.twitter.com/6WbfhGUuwv— Ellen Rosenblum (@EllenRosenblum) November 30, 2021
The announcement resolved one of the last lingering questions about how an already packed field might change. As a statewide officeholder who earned headlines suing the administration of former President Donald Trump, Rosenblum was considered in some circles last spring to be likely to seek the Democratic nomination. A former judge, she was easily elected to a third term as attorney general in 2020.
The race saw a number of high-profile entrants as Rosenblum considered her options. House Speaker Tina Kotek, former New York Times columnist Nick Kristof and state treasurer Tobias Read all have announced bids for the Democratic nomination. Kotek has reported raising almost $500,000 for her campaign to date, Kristof has reported raising $1.5 million and Read $660,000.
And Democratic state Sen. Betsy Johnson will shed her party affiliation to run as an independent candidate. She so far leads the money race, having raised more than $2 million, largely from business interests. Her largest donation reported so far is $250,000 from heavy equipment dealer The Papé Group, followed by $150,000 from a subsidiary of oil and gas distribution company Global Partners, which has holdings that include a transloading terminal in Clatskanie, according to state records.
The Democratic field also includes Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla, former Independent Party nominee Patrick Starnes, and seven other candidates. Major party candidates have until March 8 to file to run.
This story is compiled from staff and wire reports.
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