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Nicholas Kristof, former New York Times columnist, runs for Oregon governor

Longtime former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof announced on Wednesday that he was running for governor of Oregon.

“I am convinced that we can do better as a state. I think it will take vision and leadership and sending a different kind of leader to Salem, ”Kristof, 62, told NBC affiliate KGW. “I can provide that kind of leadership. “

The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, who resigned from The Times earlier this month to weigh a candidacy for the vacant seat by limited term governor Kate Brown, will run as a Democrat.

He told the station his priorities were homelessness, affordable housing, education and jobs. “There are so many areas that we have to tackle,” he said.

The Willamette Week news site raised questions in August about whether Kristof met the state residency requirement to run. Candidates must have lived in the state for three years before running, and although Kristof is from Oregon, he voted in New York in 2020.

Kristof and his lawyers responded with a memo saying he met the required requirements.

“My soul is here. My bones are here,” he told KGW.

Candidate for the first time, Kristof is embarking on an already crowded area. He is one of 10 Democrats and 12 Republicans vying for the post ahead of the May 2022 primary.

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