This week, Lars Larson spoke with Nigel Jaquiss of Willamette Week about his interview with Betsy Johnson and her run for governor.
Former state Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) left the Legislature on Dec. 15 to try to do something no woman in America has ever done: win election as governor while running as a nonaffiliated candidate.
A fourth generation Oregonian, Gerry has worn many hats in his lifetime. A veteran who served in World War II, successful retailer with Meier & Frank, longtime Chief of Staff to Sen. Mark Hatfield, Salem Restauranteur and civic leader, State Fair chocolate cake contest judge, advocate for State Police…the list goes on and on.
One of the notable stories in Oregon’s gubernatorial election so far is who’s not running in the Democratic primary. Democratic state Sen. Betsy Johnson is running as an independent. Johnson served in the state House from 2001 to 2005 and has been in the state Senate since 2007. Johnson said her candidacy will give voters an alternative to a “left-wing liberal” or a “right-wing Trump apologist.”