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House Republican leader Christine Drazan will run for governor

State Rep. Christine Drazan, R-Canby, speaks during a legislative special session on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

SALEM - House Minority Leader Christine Drazan plans to run for governor, becoming the highest-profile Republican official to enter an increasingly crowded race.

Drazan, a two-term state representative from Canby, plans to officially launch her campaign before the end of the year. In a statement shared with the Oregon Capital Chronicle, she said friends and supporters have encouraged her to run for governor over the past few months. 

“Through these conversations, it has become clear that Oregonians are ready for change,” Drazan said in the statement. “They are tired of the backroom deals, the broken promises and the failed leadership. They are tired of our state consistently being in the national headlines for . . .