Former NYT columnist Nicholas Kristoff disqualified to run for governor of Oregon

The Oregon Elections Division and the Secretary of State Reject the Former new York Times Columnist Nicolas Kristof’s bid to run for governor in the state in 2022 because of not meeting the residency requirement.

According to Oregon law, a potential gubernatorial candidate must have lived in the state for at least three years before the election. Concern arose when it was revealed that Christophe had voted in the November 2020 election in New York.

Kristoff’s campaign argued that he was an Oregon resident, using the legal opinion of retired state Supreme Court Justice William Riggs, adding that Kristoff had been a resident since at least November 2019, “and possibly for much longer.” Christoph also argued that he moved to the state in 1971, and considered his family’s farm to be his home.

However, the Oregon Election Division rejected the filing for governor, notifying the campaign on Thursday that it did not meet the constitutional requirement. Oregon Secretary of State Shemaia Fagan said she was willing to agree to the split.

“Rules are rules, and they apply equally to all candidates for office in Oregon,” Fagan said. “I stand by the determination of experts in the Oregon Election Division that Mr. Kristoff does not currently meet the constitutional requirements to run for or serve as governor of Oregon.”

Oregon Election Director Deborah Scrogin said Kristoff could appeal the decision if he wanted.

Oregon’s secretary of state ruled Thursday that former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristoff is not eligible to run for governor of Oregon because of not meeting the residency requirement. Above, Christoph talks about his candidacy for governor of Oregon on October 27, 2021 in Portland, Oregon.
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For years, Christoph was a world-class foreign correspondent and columnist. The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner retired from the newspaper last year. Kristoff’s October announcement that he would run for governor as a Democrat generated a lot of interest, and he raised more than $1 million in less than a month.

Scrogin said his department is “committed to doing everything possible to allow the Oregon courts to make decisions promptly.”

Kristoff’s campaign did not immediately respond to The Associated Press’ request for comment, including whether he planned to appeal the decision.

Lydia Plucci of the Office of the Secretary of State previously stated that a candidate’s eligibility is usually checked by checking voter registration records, and since he voted in New York, he asked Christophe for any additional “documentation or explanation”. asked to show that he had been an Oregon resident for three years. Years before November 2022.

Riggs said voting for Christoph in New York would undermine his Oregon residency only if it is established that he does not intend to make Oregon his permanent home.

Kristoff had told that he moved with his parents to a farm in Yamhill, Oregon, in 1971 at the age of 12, and has considered it his home ever since. He has since bought additional acreage nearby.

Christoph, 62, said in his swearing-in statement that he wanted to be cremated after he died and that his ashes were spread on farmland and on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Democrats have held the office of governor of Oregon since 1987, and others in the party running for the state’s high office include Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and state Treasurer Tobias Reid.

Republicans seeking their party’s nomination include State Representative Christine Drazen, former Republican nominee Bud Pierce and Sandy, Oregon, Mayor Stan Pulliam.

Former Democratic state senator Betsy Johnson is running as an independent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.