McQuisten sets her sights on Oregon’s top political slot

Kerry McQuisten speaks to a small crowd during a campaign event at the Plaza Inn in Ontario earlier this month. McQuisten is running for Oregon governor. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

ONTARIO – Kerry McQuisten’s first encounter with politics was unique.

She was 8 when her mother and father journeyed to Portland to hear presidential candidate Ronald Reagan speak at a campaign rally.

McQuisten and her mom and dad ducked down a back hallway and ran into Reagan and two Secret Service agents.

“I had a letter from my grandma and she wanted me to hand the letter to him. I went up and handed him the letter. The agents, of course, pounced immediately and grabbed the letter from me,” she said.

The memories of an 8-year-old can be distorted by time . . .