The Oregon Secretary of State ruled last month that Christophe was ineligible to run for governor because he had not lived in the state for three years before the upcoming election, and that Christophe was a resident of New York until December 2020.
Despite Christoph’s attempt to challenge the decision, the Oregon Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Secretary of State’s decision.
Following the release of the results, Christoph said in a statement that he “respects the court’s ruling and will not pursue it further.”
“The Supreme Court has spoken. Although we are disappointed with this decision, we respect its judgment and thank the judges for their considerate consideration in this matter,” Christoph said.
In his previous petition challenging the Secretary of State’s decision, Christoph argued that “the Secretary’s had a very narrow understanding of the constitutional term ‘residence’ and, correctly considered, that one person could be a resident of two places.”
Christopher, a Pulitzer Prize winner who grew up outside of Yamhill, Oregon, announced that he would run for office in October after leaving the Times, where he previously worked as a commentator and one of the newspaper’s most important journalists.
In his campaign announcement, he cited his inexperience in politics and made the case for the new leadership, citing “politics that considers affordable housing, weak mental health support, inadequate education and slavery to be a crime, not a disease.” Affects his own state.
Oregon State House Speaker Tina Codec and state Treasurer Tobias Reid are among the nominees.
Both Codec and Reid posted statements about Christoph on Twitter following the Oregon Supreme Court ruling on Thursday.
Oregon’s primary election is scheduled for May 17.
This story has been updated with more details.
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