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“We must find our voices,” Governor Barbara Roberts wrote in an open letter to the women of Oregon. She was marking the 25th anniversary of her election, in 1990, as Oregon’s first woman governor. Since then, Kate Brown has served two terms in that office. And this November, Oregonians will choose from among three candidates: Republican Christine Drazan, Democrat Tina Kotek, and unaffiliated Betsy Johnson.
The word “unprecedented” is so overused that it earned a spot on Lake Superior State University’s “Banished Words” list in 2021. But still, the 2022 election is, well, extraordinary. It also mirrors a trend among Oregon voters, and possibly signals growing impatience with the two-party system.
As of August, nonaffiliated voters, or “NAVs,” edged out Democrats for the majority, at 34.4 percent of registered Oregon voters. Registered Democrats take a close second at 34.2 percent, with Republicans at 24.7 and the Independent Party with 4.7.
As a side note, the Independent Party got official party status in 2017. Before that, I was registered as a “little-i” independent, and had been since I turned 18. Now I’ve been converted (without my consent, incidentally) to a NAV. I still harbor vestiges of resentment, because I liked my little-i independence. But I digress.
Betsy Johnson, the NAV candidate, is a bespectacled aviator with a long history in Oregon and a reputation for taking no nonsense and suffering no fools lightly. Does the new NAV majority mean she’ll get elected? That is far from certain. What is certain is that Oregon will seat its third woman governor in 187 years.