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EDITORIAL: These voters care more about solutions, trust than party identity

For some Oregonians, the race for governor isn’t about who can raise the most money.

And these voters aren’t interested in who can parrot party platforms without flaw.

Instead, they seek a new governor who is somewhat blind to party affiliation.

Such a governor, they think, can unite the state. That governor would energize more Oregonians.

Beneath those feelings is a sense that Oregon can do better.

In recent weeks, I gathered by Zoom with voters from around the state. Our partners were Rural Development Initiatives and the Agora Journalism Center.

I was eager for voters – they were from all parts of the state – to share two points. One was to share what they wanted to learn about those running for governor. The other was to learn how the Oregon press can more . . .