Category: Governor


Voters choose a Governor every 4 years.

  • Runs the Oregon state government
  • Approves or rejects Oregon laws
  • Creates a budget for spending Oregon tax money
  • Chooses people for some government jobs

James Foster – Libertarian

Kate Brown – Democrat, Working Families

Cliff Thomason* – Independent

Aaron Donald Auer* – Constitution

Bud Pierce – Republican

*Denotes that candidate chose not to submit a voting guide statement.

James Foster – Libertarian

Photo: James FosterCity where I live: Beaverton
Skills: Business management, software engineering, economics, law

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A picture of the Statue of Liberty.1. Whether the issue is food sovereignty, homeschooling, or drug policy, I support individual liberty and personal responsibility.

Photo: A person in a striped jail uniform stands next to jail bars.2. I support criminal justice reform and de­militarization of law enforcement. Those convicted of victimless crimes should have their sentences commuted.

Icon: A person uses a shovel while another person sits working at a computer. The label reads "Jobs."3.Economic liberties are as essential as civil liberties. Careers such as applying makeup or hair braiding should not require state licenses.

Kate Brown – Democrat, Working Families

Photo: Kate BrownCity where I live: Salem
Skills:Child Advocate; Family Law Attorney; Portland State University Instructor.

B.A., University of Colorado; J.D., Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A pencil, an apple, and a chalkboard with "ABC" written on it, and the label "K - 12."1. Focus on increasing our high school graduation rates.


Icon: Image of state of Oregon, dollar sign in the middle of the state, economic growth graph behind state of oregon, "State Economy"2. Continue working to help small businesses and build an economy that helps Oregon families make ends meet.


Icon: A tree and grass in the foreground, two mountains in the background, the sun shining3. Protect our land, water, and air quality.

Bud Pierce – Republican

Photo: Bud PierceCity where I live: Salem
Skills: Physician, Professor of Medicine, Small Business Owner. UCLA Medical School and PhD program, UC Riverside/UCLA Biomedical Sciences. Oregon Task Force on Resolution of Adverse Healthcare Incidents, US Marine Corps.

3 things I will do if I win:
Photo: Fire truck, with sirens on1. My first priority is for each Oregonian to be safe from harm in their daily lives. I will work with state, local, and federal authorities to make sure that government adequately protects its citizens.

Icon: A person uses a shovel while another person sits working at a computer. The label reads "Jobs."2. My second priority is prosperity, with great systems of education and training, with great jobs, and a low cost of living, so that each Oregonian can have the resources to live the life they wish to live.

Icon: A picture of the American flag with 13 stripes and 50 stars.3.My third priority is that each Oregonian is free to be the person who they truly are, in their hearts and souls, without fear of retribution. Government needs to allow people to express their views, and ensure disputes are resolved peacefully.