Drazan’s Plan For Supporting Police & Holding Criminals Accountable

This morning, Christine Drazan released her plan for supporting police and holding criminals accountable:

Violent crime in Oregon is out of control, especially in Portland, which is experiencing an all-time high in murders. When police were being attacked, Kate Brown and Portland politicians ignored it. Under my administration, the days of treating police like criminals and criminals like victims will end. I will support law enforcement, the overwhelming majority of whom do their jobs with courage and distinction, and I will increase funding for our state troopers. I will ensure that laws are being enforced fairly. And when Portland politicians refuse to enforce the law and bring peace to the streets, as Governor, I will.

My plan for supporting police and holding criminals accountable includes:

  • RE-funding The Police. In the 1970’s, Oregon had 30 state troopers per 100,000 residents. Today? That number is just 8. I am committed to fully funding our state police force and partnering with local governments to ensure that they have the resources they need to hire more police officers and sheriffs deputies.
  • Ending Early Release of Violent Criminals. Kate Brown’s mass prisoner release program has led to the early release of convicted cold-blooded killers. It never should have happened, and it won’t under my administration.
  • Holding DAs Accountable When They Refuse To Prosecute Lawbreakers. Activist DA’s like Multnomah County’s Mike Schmidt have failed to fully and fairly prosecute criminals. A Drazan administration will hold DA’s accountable to the rule of law and deploy the full weight of our state government to ensure that criminals are prosecuted for their crimes.
  • Taking Down Drug Cartels. State leaders have not done enough to address the explosion of cartel activity, particularly in Southern Oregon. I will partner with local, state, and federal law enforcement to put an end to the illegal cartel activity that has led to an increase in the proliferation of hard drugs and violence in the region.
  • Reversing Measure 110. Measure 110, which decriminalized drugs like cocaine, heroin and meth, has been a policy failure that has exacerbated the crisis in our streets. I will support a repeal of Measure 110 and provide the leadership needed to improve access to addiction and recovery services across the state. 
  • Appointing Judges Who Will Deliver Justice. 40 years of Democrats in the governor’s office has led to an activist takeover of our courts and judicial system. I will only appoint judges that respect the Constitution and commit to upholding the rule of law.

The Oregonian Editorial Board Endorses Christine Drazan for Governor

Editorial endorsements May 2022: In Republican primary for governor, voters’ best choice is Christine Drazan
The Oregonian Editorial Board

But Republicans looking to nominate the candidate with the strongest chance of winning in the November general election should vote for former House Minority Leader Christine Drazan. First elected to the House in 2018, the Clackamas County legislator took over as leader of her party’s caucus just nine months later, transforming the then-aimless group into a political block that could derail Democrats, even with their supermajority. Her political acumen, coupled with her proven ability to go toe-to-toe with former House Speaker Tina Kotek, makes her a formidable challenger to face both the eventual Democratic nominee as well as former state Sen. Betsy Johnson, a moderate running for governor as a non-affiliated candidate.

Drazan, 49, comes to voters with a focused message: Democratic dominance over the past decade has harmed Oregonians. She points to the continuing housing affordability crunch where well-intended policies, such as costly green building requirements, are discouraging building rather than making it easier. She notes the police-defunding movement on the left that has helped demoralize officers while gun violence, especially in Portland, surges. On education, she highlights Gov. Kate Brown’s decision to keep schools closed to in-person instruction longer than most other states, further hobbling an educational system long steeped in mediocrity. And she questions the lack of accountability in state government that forced unemployed Oregonians and desperate tenants to wait months for vital unemployment checks and rent assistance.

Drazan offers some specific remedies, as well. For example, on education, she argues that families should have greater access to charter schools and other options. She wants to increase instructional time, expand access to summer school and add counseling and mental health resources. And she supports making the state superintendent of public instruction a separate elected position again, rather than continuing with the Gov. John Kitzhaber-era decision in which the governor serves as the state’s top education officer.

Bend Bulletin Endorses Christine Drazan for Governor

Editorial: Drazan and Kotek for governor in their respective primaries
Bend Bulletin Editorial Board

Who will deliver change for Republican voters, if elected? Any Republican governor would at some level. They would have the power of appointments, executive orders and direction, agenda-setting, use of the line-item veto and the ability to at least start the conversation about the budget. Beyond that, though, it is about politics.

Drazan stands out to us when we think about it that way. Talk to her or listen to her and it won’t take long to recognize why her Republican colleagues voted her as minority leader in the House. She is a skilled speaker and a thoughtful and convincing politician.

She recognizes politics must include the art of compromise and listening to others who don’t share your views. “Nobody is going to get everything that they want,” she told us. “That’s not how politics is supposed to work. That’s what’s been broken for so long.” We are not saying her Republican opponents would disagree with that. She emphasized it.

She also impressed us when she talked about PERS. As frustrated as many people are with the state’s shortfall and as much as she wants to see that improved, she was also blunt about the system being solvent and better funded than in many other states. Drazan can talk about difficult policy choices, admit where people she disagrees with are correct and share a path forward in a way that actually might win people over.

Drazan Condemns ODFW Commission’s Rock Creek Hatchery Decision

Christine Drazan issued the following statement today in response to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission’s decision to terminate the Rock Creek summer steelhead hatchery program. The Commission voted 4-3 to terminate the program, despite pleas from tribes and anglers to maintain the program.

“For more than 60 years, the Rock Creek steelhead hatchery has supported local tribes, anglers, and the economy. The ODFW Commission’s decision to terminate this program is just the latest example of the state siding with environmental special interest groups at the expense of all other stakeholders. It’s made worse by the fact that the Commission made the decision despite a presentation by ODFW staff showing the program had no effect on wild steelhead numbers. 

“As governor, I will advocate for more fish in our rivers, not less. I will commit to strengthening broodstock hatch box programs, modernizing our hatcheries, and re-opening the Rock Creek summer steelhead hatchery program.” ###

Christine Drazan Responds To Linn County vs. The State of Oregon Ruling

Canby, Ore. – Christine Drazan issued the following statement in response to the Oregon Court of Appeals decision in Linn County vs. The State of Oregon, which overturned a prior verdict handed down by Linn County jurors in favor of the counties and local taxing districts:

“I am disappointed in today’s decision by the Oregon Court of Appeals. It is important to note that the Court did not issue their ruling based on any of the facts in the case relating to the harm rural communities have suffered by the state unilaterally changing their harvest policies. Those harms are real and are well documented. If we are to begin bridging the urban-rural divide, these issues must be addressed, and the counties compensated accordingly.

“The Court failed to address the underlying issue in this case: whether rural Oregonians must continue to be left holding the bag of economic and social loss based on decisions made by urban political interests. Without addressing this issue, the divisions in our state will only continue to grow as urban interests are elevated above rural interests and negative economic and social impacts fall on those with little political power.”

“The state made a promise to these counties and local governments. That promise has gone shamefully unfulfilled under Democratic leadership. Today’s decision will only serve to reinforce the feeling among many rural Oregonians that our state’s leaders have betrayed them and left them behind.”

Drazan Responds To Tina Kotek’s Just “Write Me A Letter” Comments

Former House Republican Leader Christine Drazan today responded to Former House Speaker Tina Kotek’s recent comments defending the status quo in Oregon state agencies and suggesting that agency directors should just “write (her) a letter” explaining why they are successful, instead of forcing needed change.

Excerpt From PW Lobby Group Newsletter

“When asked how she would manage agency leaders on her first day in office, Kotek broke with (Tobias) Read and Republican contender Christine Drazan who both said they would ask all agency leaders for their resignations and put their own imprint on the executive branch. Kotek said ‘we don’t need disruption.’ Instead, she said she would ask agency heads to ‘write me a letter and tell me why you’re successful.’ She would tell them, ‘How can I help you be the leader you want to be.'”

“Oregonians are the ones who have suffered because of the failures of their state government these past few years,” said Drazan. “They deserve a government that works for them. They are not going to get that from Tina Kotek. Her suggestion that ‘we don’t need disruption’ and that agency heads should simply ‘write (her) a letter’ explaining why they are successful is an abdication of the duty to lead. We don’t need letters, we need leaders. Tina Kotek isn’t one.”

Recent public opinion research conducted by DHM shows just 24% of Oregonians believe the state is on track, the lowest number in 25 years. Considering the performance of state government in recent years, the low poll numbers should hardly come as a surprise.

Oregon got money to upgrade its unemployment system 13 years ago. It’s still not done – Statesman Journal | 4.3.2022

State housing agency sent bad checks to Oregonians seeking emergency rent assistance – The Oregonian | 12.6.2021

‘People are dying’ while state bureaucracy holds up Oregon treatment dollars, say Measure 110 proponents – Oregon Public Broadcasting | 4.16.2022

Oregon agency inadvertently releases 40,000 state employees’ vaccine status – KTVZ | 11.19.2021

Flaws in Oregon’s child welfare system still place children at risk, review finds – The Oregonian | 6.5.2019


Tax Day Serves As Reminder Of Need For New Leadership In Oregon

Canby, Ore. – As Oregonians prepare to finish their taxes today, Christine Drazan’s campaign for governor reminded taxpayers that the two leading Democratic candidates for governor this year – Tina Kotek and Betsy Johnson – voted in lockstep with Governor Kate Brown in support of billions of dollars worth of new taxes and fees on Oregonians, including supporting the tax on Oregon sales and authorizing tolling on Oregon roadways.

“From the tax on Oregon sales to the transit tax and tolling, Tina Kotek and Betsy Johnson have stood in lockstep with Governor Kate Brown in support of billions worth of taxes paid for by Oregonians and employers,” said Trey Rosser, Drazan’s campaign manager. “Tax Day serves as a great reminder of why we need to elect leadership that will lead our state in a new direction this November. Christine Drazan voted no on the tax on sales, rejected unfair tolling schemes, and will work to make Oregon more affordable for hardworking families.”

Drazan Responds To Brown Administration’s Effort To Prohibit Sale Of Gas-Powered Vehicles

Canby, Ore. – Christine Drazan released the following statement today in response to an op-ed from the Director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality announcing the state will adopt a rule later this year prohibiting the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.

“Once again, bureaucrats in the Brown administration are pushing a political agenda that goes well beyond their authority. People are already struggling with an out-of-control cost of living and skyrocketing inflation. Now Governor Brown’s administration wants to make life even more costly for hardworking Oregonians, all in the name of a political agenda that is out-of-touch with everyday people.

“This proposal is dead on arrival. As governor, I’ll repeal it on Day One.”

Christine Drazan: Family Farms Are Worth Fighting For

Canby, Ore. – Christine Drazan today highlighted the importance of family farms in Oregon. Drazan pointed to a recent Capital Pressprofile, which featured several family-owned farms that have left Oregon due to politics and an overburdensome regulatory environment.

“Family farms that have been here for generations are making the decision to sell their operations and relocate out of state. This has to stop,” said Drazan. “As governor, I will do everything in my power to support ag and natural resource based industries to help them grow and thrive.”

The Capital Press profiled several families, including the Roths, who relocated their farm from Oregon to Oklahoma.

In December 2021, the Roths — wife, husband and five children, who ran a cow-calf operation and grew organic crops in Hampton, Eastern Oregon — moved to Oklahoma.

What prompted the move?

“On the one hand, I’d say political uncertainty. And on the other, I’d say political certainty,” said Stephen Roth, 47.

He explained that although policies were unpredictable, what was predictable was the political climate toward agriculture that, in his view, was mostly negative.

“As a farmer and someone whose family has been growing crops in Oregon for decades, this story is all too familiar,” said State Representative Shelly Boshart Davis, who serves as the Chair of Drazan’s campaign. “We need a governor who recognizes and values our state’s ag industry. Christine will be that governor. Oregon family farms can count on her to always have their backs.”

Capital Press also spoke to the Duyck family, who moved their operations from Oregon to Montana.

Duyck said his main reason for leaving was Oregon’s estate, or “death,” tax, but he said regulations, labor costs and concerns about COVID lockdowns all influenced the decision.

“I’ve been fed up with regulation and taxes for a long time. But COVID was the last straw,” he said.

“Oh dang, this is so hard,” Duyck said, his voice breaking as he fought back tears. “So hard to talk about it. It’s hard. It was my life. I was pretty sure I was gonna die there.”

“It doesn’t have to be this way,” concluded Drazan. “With the right leadership, we can continue to grow Oregon’s family farms for generations to come. I look forward to working with our farmers and ranchers to encourage them to stay and grow their operations here in Oregon.”

Christine Drazan Criticizes Oregon’s Tax On Paying Taxes

Canby, Ore. – Former House Republican Leader and state representative Christine Drazan today criticized the Oregon Department of Revenue for the agency’s decision to discontinue the most popular free tax filing services. The decision could force nearly half of Oregon taxpayers to pay to file their state taxes this year or require them to file via mail, delaying access to much-needed kicker relief and other refunds.

“The Oregon Department of Revenue’s decision to discontinue this program effectively forces Oregonians to pay a tax to pay their taxes,” said Drazan. “Paying taxes is painful enough. Paying to pay them makes it even worse. At a time when Oregonians could use some additional money to keep up with rampant inflation and rising gas prices, the state should be doing everything in its power to save taxpayers’ money and return refunds they are entitled to as quickly as possible.”

As The Oregonian/OregonLive reported:
For taxpayers who don’t want to pay to file their taxes electronically, the Oregon Department of Revenue long provided free options. Last year, nearly 70,000 Oregonians used one.

But Oregon quietly discontinued its most-used versions this year, leaving previously eligible Oregonians with taxable incomes above $73,000 with no option to file for free online. That is nearly half of Oregon tax filers. The state cited a decision by Intuit, maker of market-dominating tax software TurboTax, to discontinue technical support for the free service.

That’s a particularly big deal this year, when taxpayers are expecting the largest kicker tax rebate in Oregon history. People and households who need that money quickly could feel extra pressure to pay a tax software company or tax accounting firm just to e-file their return, rather than wait for their refund to arrive after mailing it in with 58-cent stamp.