RELEASE: Poll shows Betsy Johnson in two-way contest with Tina Kotek for governor

Today, GS Strategy Group released a poll on behalf of Betsy Johnson’s campaign for governor showing that Johnson has strong momentum in the race to be Oregon’s next governor and is now in a two-way contest with Tina Kotek. The poll found that if the election for governor was held today, Tina Kotek would receive 33 percent of the vote, Johnson would receive 30 percent and Christine Drazan would receive 23 percent. Fifteen percent of voters remain undecided.

Betsy Johnson challenges fellow candidates to seven debates across Oregon

Today, Betsy Johnson sent a letter to Christine Drazan and Tina Kotek, challenging them to participate in seven debates across Oregon during the 2022 gubernatorial campaign.

A Message from Bill Schonely


Portland, Ore. – Today, Oregon icon, Bill Schonely, endorsed Betsy Johnson’s independent campaign for governor. In a video encouraging Oregonians to “get in the game” and sign petitions to put Betsy on the ballot, “The Schonz” says Johnson is “no nonsense…a true trailblazer.” You can watch the full video endorsement below.

“I’m thrilled to have the support of Bill Schonely – an Oregon icon,” said Johnson. “His endorsement is a true testament to the historic nature of our campaign and the many Oregonians who are ready to put aside party labels and extremism to build a better Oregon.”

This week, Johnson began collecting signatures to place her on the ballot – they are available to download at Johnson needs to collect approximately 24,000 signatures to put her name on the November ballot before mid-August. 

In endorsing Johnson, Schonely joins a broad, bipartisan group of Oregonians who have put people above party to elect an independent governor. That list includes leaders like former U.S. Senator Gordon Smith and former Democratic Governor Ted Kulongoski, as well as Knute Buehler, the most recent Republican gubernatorial candidate, and former chair of the Oregon Democratic Party Margaret Carter. A full list of Johnson’s bipartisan endorsements can be found at

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