SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown officially announced her long-anticipated bid for re-election on Monday, casting herself as a liberal counterweight to President Trump.
Brown made the announcement via a statement, social media and a YouTube video.
A montage of images — a placard saying “make America hate again,” a street protest in Washington, Trump, smokestacks spewing pollution — kicked off the video with an ominous soundtrack. It then showed picturesque images of Oregon’s countryside and of Portland, accompanied by gentle chords on a piano.
“As your governor, it’s my job to make things better, to stand up to anyone who would take our rights away,” the Democratic governor said.
Since taking office in 2015, Brown has shored up protections for immigrants in Oregon who are in the United States illegally, successfully pushed for the phasing out of coal-generated power, and last month signed into law a bill expanding coverage on abortions and other reproductive services.
Her campaign has raised at least $1.25 million in cash from more than 10,000 contributions since Jan. 1.
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