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Portland Tribune: Voters send Kate Brown back to governor’s office

November 8, 2016

Portland Tribune: Voters send Kate Brown back to governor's office

By Capital Bureau

Voters gave Gov. Kate Brown two more years as she defeated GOP challenger Dr. Bud Pierce.

Brown's early lead of 51 percent to Pierce's 43 percent held steady throughout election night.

“I am so honored to be serving as your governor for the next two years,” Brown told a somber crowd at the Oregon Convention Center. “Thank you so very much. I will fight to make sure that our schools open the doors of opportunity for all of our students, I will fight to make sure our economy grows in every single corner of the state, and I will fight to preserve beauty and bounty of Oregon for generations to come.”

Smiling broadly and waving her hands in victory, Brown appeared on stage with her husband, Dan Little. She thanked her opponents GOP nominee Pierce and Cliff Thomason, candidate for the Independent Party of Oregon, for running civil and issues-based campaigns. Pierce conceded the race moments before Brown’s on-stage comments.

Brown and Pierce were seeking the final two years remaining in the unexpired term of former Gov. John Kitzhaber, who resigned in February 2015 during an influence-peddling scandal. As then secretary of state, Brown assumed the governorship when Kitzhaber quit.

Pierce, a Salem oncologist, is a political novice standing as his party's nominee in his first general election.