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

    All Candidates for Governor:

    *Means that  candidate did not submit a statement to DRO for the Easy Voting Guide.

Aaron Auer – Constitution

Nick Chen – Libertarian

Kate Brown – Democrat, Working Families

Knute Buehler* – Republican

Patrick Starnes* – Independent

Chris Henry – Progressive

Nick Chen – Libertarian

Photo: Nick Chen smiles at the camera.City where I live:  Wilsonville
Skills:  Currently completing my Bachelors in Electrical Engineering. I earned an Electronic Technologies Associates Degree while in the Navy. Currently I work in the Logistics division of one of the world’s largest Tech companies.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A picture of the American flag with 13 stripes and 50 stars. 1. I do not have priorities.  I did not take any donations.  I am in debt only to the people of Oregon, my family, and my friends.  I am here to serve the people of Oregon. ALL OF THE PEOPLE. Every race, religion, and identity.  
Icon: A picture of the American flag with 13 stripes and 50 stars. 2. I will help assist any issue I have the power. Government should have limits to power. They cannot solve every problem. They must respect privacy. They must carry the burden of protecting us from them-selves. Not protecting themselves from us.

Icon: A picture of the American flag with 13 stripes and 50 stars. 3. I will never create a policy or vote for laws that exempt myself or lawmakers. If I win,  I will not campaign again. If I do my job then you will have a reason to vote for or against me the next time. I will serve a maximum two term limit.

Kate Brown – Democrat, Working Families

Photo: Kate Brown smiling at the camera.City where I live: Salem

Skills:  Proud to serve as Oregon’s Governor. Occupational background: Family and Children’s Advocate, PSU Instructor. Educational background: University of Colorado; Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A doctor wearing a head mirror and with a medical cross on their chest holds a sheet of paper with a medical cross and writing.1. Protect health care for Oregonians because everyone should be able to see a doctor when they’re sick.


Icon: A pencil, an apple, and a chalkboard with "ABC" written on it, and the label "K - 12." 2. Make sure Oregonians get a good quality education because every child deserves to reach their full potential.


Icon: A tree and grass in the foreground, two mountains in the background, the sun shining3. Fight for the Oregon we love because we can’t compromise our values, including protecting our clean air and water.

Chris Henry – Progressive

City where I live:  Gladstone
Skills: long-haul truck driver; aircraft mechanic; concrete mixed driver; student at Portland State University

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: The United States, with a dollar bill sign and a stock line going up and down behind it1. Create a State Bank–stop Wall Street ripoff of Oregon’s governments at all levels, which now pay Wall Street over $1 billion dollars/year just to manage money that already belongs to those governments.  The State Bank would invest in Oregon jobs.

Icon: Image of state of Oregon, dollar sign in the middle of the state, economic growth graph behind state of oregon, "State Economy" 2. Adopt limits on political campaign contributions; require political ads identify their largest funders–right in the ads.  The Center for Public Integrity rates Oregon’s campaign system as the absolute worst in America, except for Mississippi.

Icon: A scale with two dollar signs balanced, with the label "Budget."3. Cut Oregon income taxes on families living below or near the poverty line; increase taxes on corporations.  Oregon has the lowest taxes on corporations of any state.