Betsy Johnson, the former Democratic state senator from Columbia County running as an unaffiliated candidate for governor, has picked up endorsements from 15 Republican legislators and 11 Democrats. She’s also been endorsed by current Sen. Lee Beyer, D-Springfield, and Sen. Brian Boquist of Dallas, who was elected as a Republican but jumped to the Independent Party.
The GOP list includes former House speaker and Secretary of State Bev Clarno, former Labor Commissioner Jack Roberts and Antoinette Hatfield, the widow of Gov. Mark O. Hatfield.
Former Sen. Chris Telfer, R-Bend, has endorsed Johnson. Telfer was considered a Republican moderates during her time in the Legislature.
Telfer lost a 2012 primary challenge by now Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend. Telfer switched to the Independent Party and ran for Treasurer in 2016, losing to Democrat Tobias Read.
Johnson listed former Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, as a Republican who had endorsed her run for governor. But Helt said Tuesday night that she has not endorsed a candidate in the race.
Johnson has already been endorsed by former Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, who was the GOP’s nominee for governor in 2018, losing to Gov. Kate Brown.
Democrats include Sen. Lee Beyer, D-Springfield, former Sen. Mark Hass, former House Speaker Phil Lang, and former Oregon Democratic Party chair Margaret Carter.