SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Former New York Times columnist Nick Kristof filed a petition with the Oregon Supreme Court on Friday, asking judges to quickly overturn Secretary of State Shemia Fagan’s ruling according to which he does not meet the three-year residency requirement of the state constitution for a candidate for governor.
“Without the intervention of this Court, voters will be marginalized and the race for governor will be irreversibly changed by a single government official applying new and untested legal reasoning,” Kristof’s lawyers wrote.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that while such a case would typically move up through the court system, starting at the circuit level, Kristof argued that Oregon’s high court should end questions about his residency soon – well before the March 17 deadline for candidates to qualify for the May Democratic primary ballot.
If the judges find no reason to force Fagan to overturn her decision, Kristof demanded that she be forced to explain to the court why she would not approve his candidacy.
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Kristof’s arguments in the petition and a concurrent memo filed with the court reflect the arguments his lawyers have been making for months: his house.
But Kristof has spent much of his life out of state, living in New York City and abroad to practice his profession. He voted as a New York resident in November 2020 and held a New York driver’s license the same year.
Democrats have served as governor of Oregon since 1987. Nominees for the state’s top office include Oregon House President Tina Kotek and state treasurer Tobias Read.
Republicans seeking their party’s nomination include State Representative Christine Drazan, former Republican candidate Bud Pierce and Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam.
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