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Letter to the Editor: Treat the Last Election like the First Election

To the New York Times Editor: Re: “In a Year of Women Running for Governor, One Incumbent Finds a Tough Fight,” by Kirk Johnson (Oct. 28):

Treat the Last Election like the First Election

Pollsters predict a close finish in the Oregon Governor’s race between incumbent Kate Brown and challenger Knute Buehler. If it is, Governor Brown’s last election will be a lot like her first.

In 1992, recently-appointed state legislator Kate Brown was doomed. Facing a better-known, better-funded opponent in her first election, her only chance to win was to outwork her challenger. So Brown spent months knocking on doors from dawn to dusk to talk with voters about the issues that mattered to them. In the end, Brown won the election by 7 votes.

Since then, she has spent her career championing the issues Oregonians care about. As Governor, Kate Brown has increased access to affordable health care, fully funded education initiatives like all-day kindergarten, raised Oregon’s minimum wage and guaranteed paid sick leave for Oregon’s workers.

Those 7 votes changed my state for the better.

Governor Brown’s unending hard work, determination and achievements have earned my vote this fall.

Now she just needs 6 more.

Teri Mills, RN, MS, CNE
Vice-Chair, Oregon Nurses Association Cabinet on Health Policy
Vice President, Oregon Nurses Association Political Action Committee


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