Ashland Doctor to Challenge Kate Brown in Democratic Primary
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Bell is framing his campaign around environmental conservation and justice. He said that politicians have not done enough to heed warnings of scientists who say climate change will have disastrous effects on the planet.
“The oil, coal and gas companies of America and many politicians throughout America have sought to undermine the science connecting the use of fossil fuels - coal, oil and natural gas - to the greenhouse gasses in our air and the rapidly changing climate, melting glaciers and acidifying oceans,” his website reads. “But the reality is that all the scientists agree. There is no controversy. The only people who would like you to believe that there is any doubt are oil billionaires and politicians. But who do you really have more faith in? Would you get into a space ship built by politicians? Our latest batch of politicians can barely run the government, much less the climate.”
Bell has also reported $2,005 in campaign contributions, though that includes $2,000 of his own money. To date, Brown has raised more than $200,000 and has nearly $150,000 on hand to spend.
Bell continues the trend of doctors vying to be the Governor of Oregon. On the other side of the aisle, Bud Pierce, an oncologist from Salem, is the leading Republican candidate, outpacing Bob Niemeyer, a Republican with ties to the Tea Party.
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Brown lives in Portland with her husband Dan Little who she has been married to for almost 20 years and is also a stepmother to two children. She identifies as bisexual and was America's first openly bisexual statewide officeholder.
Photo: Brown kissing Storm Large at Basic Rights Oregon's 27th annual Dinner Auction in 2009. Photo by Byron Beck.
Cut D.C. Trip Short
On Wednesday, Feb. 11 2015 Brown left is the national conference for the Association of Secretaries of State in Washington D.C. two days early.
The 2015 Winter Conference runs from February 10-13, 2015, and draws top state officials from around the country.
Brown's spokesperson, Tony Green, confirmed she is on her way back to Oregon, and that her return is ahead of schedule.
According to multiple sources at the highest level of State Government, her return is tied to a potential resignation by the embattled Governor John Kitzhaber.
Photo: Kate Brown with Peter Johnson (left) and George Vranas (right).
Governor of Oregon
Governor John Kitzhaber released a statement Friday, Feb. 13 announcing his resignation.
Kate Brown will now serve as the Governor until the next general biennial election. A new governor can be elected in 2016.
Kate Brown will be the second female Governor of Oregon.
Photo Credit: Kate Brown with Dianne Lin by Byron Beck
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