State Treasurer Tobias Read announces his candidacy for governor of Oregon – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News


The ornate Oregon Pioneer State Capital Building with downtown Salem in the background

State Treasurer Tobias Read has officially entered the race for governor of Oregon.

Early in the morning of Monday, September 27, the former Beaverton lawmaker announced his candidacy in a campaign video highlighting his personal interest in the COVID-19 pandemic as a politician but also a father.

“I’m tired of adults who think their version of freedom allows them to endanger children,” Read said, referring to opponents of public health orders aimed at slowing viral transmission.

Read joins House Speaker Tina Kotek, Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla, and former independent gubernatorial candidate Patrick Starnes in 2022 as other big names in the Democratic primary race.

In his campaign ad, Read advocates “stable leadership” and prioritizes children as a cure for the pandemic.

“We need to stop swinging from one crisis to the next and set a vision for where to take Oregon, not just next year, but for the next generation,” he said. “My approach is simple: I will measure Oregon‘s progress by the performance of our children. “

The Democrat is in his second term as the state’s top financial official. His term expires in 2024.

As treasurer, Read has earned a reputation as a “friend of business”.

He also oversees the Oregon College Savings Plan, which helps tens of thousands of students save for their post-secondary education.

Read’s campaign website also touts his contributions as treasurer to help place conservationists on the boards of major energy companies to steer them away from fossil fuels.

Prior to being treasurer, Read represented much of Beaverton and surrounding areas of Washington County from 2007 to 2017 as a state representative.

In 2015, he sponsored the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan, which would later become the first Oregon state-sponsored retirement program in 2017. The program has since helped 100,000 Oregonians fund their own. retirement accounts.

Read the notes on his campaign website indicating that if elected, he intends to make preschool accessible to all children in Oregon, as well as extend the school year so children can have educational opportunities all year round. He also wants to strengthen apprenticeship and vocational training, as well as reduce college tuition fees.

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