Oregon Governor's Race

The 2022 Oregon governor’s race promises to be one of the most important in recent history.

RDI is committed to ensuring Rural people are informed and represented in this conversation. We created this page to centralize the coverage of the candidates and the election as a whole, and intend to share relevant news articles, voting guides and upcoming events to encourage civic participation in this exciting election.

A novel approach to covering the 2022 governor's race

This winter, RDI collaborated with 

Recent Coverage:

Republicans vow to restore timber industry, protect ag if they win Oregon governor’s race

Eleven GOP candidates gathered in Hillsboro for a debate April 7, hosted by Timber Unity. Questions focused entirely on forests, agriculture and the environment, and candidates – a mix of local elected officials, business owners and political activists – consistently indicated favor for farmers and ranchers over environmental interests. 

Rural Runs On Volunteers: Re-Energizing Community Engagement – Wednesday, September 21, 12pm-1pm Pacific

“The Great Resignation” has not only impacted workplaces – we see the pandemic impacts of social isolation in our community work reflected in depleted boards, fewer volunteers, and overworked nonprofit staff. This session will provide tools to help re-engage the vitally-important rural volunteer base through both time-tested and new approaches to volunteer recruitment and retention.

Re-Thinking Outreach: Strategies for Connecting With Latinx Rural People – Wednesday, December 14, 12pm-1pm Pacific

Are you looking for ways to include diverse populations in your rural organization? Join us to learn more about the perspectives of Spanish-speaking residents of the rural Pacific Northwest, and how to ensure your organization’s programs and services are reaching Latinx people through authentic and respectful engagement.

Upcoming Events:

Building Your Rural Economy: Leveraging Federal Funds for Foundational Infrastructure Investment

This session will dig deeper into federal funding opportunities for broadband, roadways, and other infrastructure; understanding how rural places can make the best decisions about long-term investments to establish the foundation for a healthy economy.  [Virtual session on 3/2/22].

Building Your Rural Economy: Leveraging Federal Funds for Foundational Infrastructure Investment

This session will dig deeper into federal funding opportunities for broadband, roadways, and other infrastructure; understanding how rural places can make the best decisions about long-term investments to establish the foundation for a healthy economy.  [Virtual session on 3/2/22].

Building Your Rural Economy: Leveraging Federal Funds for Foundational Infrastructure Investment

This session will dig deeper into federal funding opportunities for broadband, roadways, and other infrastructure; understanding how rural places can make the best decisions about long-term investments to establish the foundation for a healthy economy.  [Virtual session on 3/2/22].

Building Your Rural Economy: Leveraging Federal Funds for Foundational Infrastructure Investment

This session will dig deeper into federal funding opportunities for broadband, roadways, and other infrastructure; understanding how rural places can make the best decisions about long-term investments to establish the foundation for a healthy economy.  [Virtual session on 3/2/22].

Building Your Rural Economy: Leveraging Federal Funds for Foundational Infrastructure Investment

This session will dig deeper into federal funding opportunities for broadband, roadways, and other infrastructure; understanding how rural places can make the best decisions about long-term investments to establish the foundation for a healthy economy.  [Virtual session on 3/2/22].

MEET OUR TEAM

Jennifer Groth

Director of Policy and Patnerships jgroth (at) rdiinc.org

Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch

Senior Program Manager
lkolokoch (at) rdiinc.org

Jess Black

Program Coordinator
jblack (at) rdiinc.org

RDI’s focus on the Oregon governor’s race developed from …. policy / strategic plan?
This project to amplify rural voices was made possible with collaboration with Oregon Capital Chronicle, a nonprofit digital news service focused on state government and politics, and the Agora Journalism Center, part of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication in Portland. 
Special thanks to The Ford Family Foundation for their generous support of this initiative.