LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIME VICTIMS’ LEADERS UNITE TO SUPPORT BETSY JOHNSON FOR GOVERNOR

Standing across from the still boarded-up Portland Justice Center and federal Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse, the independent candidate announces her law and order agenda and endorsements from 90 public safety professionals and law enforcement organizations.

Portland, Ore. – Independent candidate for governor, Betsy Johnson, today announced an unprecedented level of support from 90 law enforcement individuals and organizations and outlined her law and order agenda.

“I’ve always had the back of law enforcement and crime victims and they will be my priority as Oregon’s next Governor,” said Johnson. “Tina Kotek and Christine Drazan have made life easier on criminals and harder on cops and victims. I knew Tina was soft on crime. But Christine is as disappointing as Kotek is dangerous.”

This unprecedented coalition of law enforcement and crime victims’ leaders have endorsed Johnson for her long history of supporting law and order and her commitment to put the needs of crime victims over criminals.

The coalition includes 21 current district attorneys, four former superintendents of state police, three former Oregon State Police Officers’ Association presidents, 17 current and former sheriffs, one former US Attorney and dozens of current and former officers, agents, and troopers and six law enforcement and victims’ rights advocacy organizations.

“There is one candidate for governor who has always advocated for public safety, and that’s Betsy Johnson. Even when it was not popular to be this advocate, she stood firm,” said Travis Hampton, former Superintendent of Oregon State Police and a 30-year Oregon State Trooper.

After the 2020 Portland riots, state lawmakers pushed through anti-police and anti-victim legislation that both Tina Kotek and Christine Drazan supported but Johnson opposed (House Bills 2928, 3164, 3273, 3355). Johnson is also the only candidate for governor to vote against Senate Bill 1008 (2019) that creates less prison time for juvenile murderers and sex offenders.

“Tina Kotek championed and Christine Drazan refused to stop SB 1008 which gutted mandatory prison time for violent juveniles. This bad law means less prison time for monsters like James M. Anderson who murdered my 17-year-old daughter,” said Ellen Pelker. Pelker is the mother of a 17-year-old pregnant murder victim, Mariah Pelker-Ingram.  

Betsy’s law and order agenda includes:

  • Repealing Ballot Measure 110 – the failed experiment to legalize hard drugs.
  • Appointing a single leader to coordinate local, state and federal resources to combat drug cartels, gangs and the flow of illegal drugs like fentanyl into Oregon, especially in southern Oregon.
  • Replacing the entire Kate Brown parole board.  
  • Ending the early release of criminals from state prisons.
  • Reinstating an Oregon State Police presence in Portland and reactivating Portland’s gang intervention unit.
  • Reinstating mandatory minimum sentences for murderers and sex offenders of any age.
  • Strengthening efforts with local law enforcement and DAs to ensure people who commit theft crimes are investigated, arrested, and prosecuted. 

A full video of the announcement is available here.