Oregon governor’s race starting to take shape

SALEM - When Oregonians go to the polls in about a year, they won’t see their current governor on their ballot for only the second time this century.

Gov. Kate Brown can’t run for a third term, leaving Democrats with a wide-open primary for the first time since 2002. 

Both parties’ contests are just beginning to take shape with nearly eight months to go before the May 17 primary.

The race for governor occurs as party voter registrations continue to shift, with more Oregonians preferring to list themselves as non-affiliated. More than a third of the state’s close to 3 million registered voters can’t participate in closed primaries, as close to 1 million are registered as non-affiliated voters and another 200,000 belong to minor parties. Democrats are still the single largest group, with . . .