A Republican Leads in the Oregon Governor’s Race, Taking Aim at the State’s Progressive Climate Policies

Environmentalists fear Christine Drazan will set the state’s emissions reductions targets back decades. She’s ahead in the polls, thanks in part to the presence of a third party, Democrat-turned-independent candidate.

Emma Ricketts, October 25, 2022 Inside Climate News

The unexpectedly close race for governor in Oregon has environmentalists worried that a Republican win could roll back the state’s ambitious climate response, much of which could easily be erased by the next occupant of the governor’s mansion.

Oregon’s gubernatorial election is catching national attention this year, with Republican nominee Christine Drazan on polling less than a percentage point ahead of Tina Kotek, her Democratic counterpart and former House speaker credited with helping pass the state’s ambitious Clean Fuels Program.


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