Upon the retirement of long-time public servant Rep. Bill Kennemer, Christine Drazan, a newcomer to campaigning for elective office, stepped into the fray. She cleared her first hurdle by defeating ORP Treasurer Mike Lee in May to earn the shot to win the seat in November. She faces Democrat Elizabeth Graser-Lindsey.
She is familiar with the halls of the Capitol, having worked on staff of top Republican leadership during the 1990s and early 2000s. She has also served on the Canby School District's budget committee as well as the Clackamas County Planning Commission.
She is the Executive Director of a non-profit that works to preserve Oregon's history and culture. While improving high school graduation rates and reforming state spending and budgeting processes drive her campaign, she also advocates for the Trump tax cuts: "We’re already seeing politicians in Salem who are trying to eliminate the progress made at the federal level by raising taxes here at home, and trying to roll back the benefits for local taxpayers. We need to protect those tax cuts...."
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