Gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek visits Rogue Valley for campaign kickoff

ASHLAND, Ore. —Oregon Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Tina Kotek was in the Rogue Valley Saturday. The campaign kick-off for the Democratic candidate was designed to encourage voters to get excited about the governor’s race.

Kotek’s team was planning to go door to door, but because of the heat, made phone calls instead. Nurses, educators, and community members all gathered to support the longtime Oregon House Speaker.

“The really key thing is talking to voters over the phone about what’s at stake in this election, there are a lot of big issues in the governor’s race, it’s about how people are feeling about the cost of living, people’s housing costs,  about choice making sure people have access to reproductive health care,” said Kotek.

The election is about 60 days away. Kotek is running against former Democratic State Senator Betsy Johnson, who’s running as an Independent, and former House Minority Leader, Republican Christine Drazen.

NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors, or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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