State Supreme Court Bars Candidate From Running

( Nicholas Kristof, a Democratic candidate for Oregon governor, won’t be able to run in the upcoming gubernatorial race after all. Oregon’s Secretary of State just determined that Kristof, a former columnist for the New York Times, won’t be able to run in the election because he doesn’t meet the three-year residency requirement.

“We recognize that Kristof has longstanding ties to Oregon, that he owns substantial property and operates a farm here,” the ruling explained, “but that is not the issue here. The issue, instead, is whether he has been, during the three years preceding the November 2022 election, a ‘resident within this State.’”

In January, the Secretary of State’s Office determined that Kristof should be considered a resident of New York until late 2020 or the beginning of 2021. The decision was made based on records of him receiving mail to his addresses in New York and the fact that he filed his taxes in New York, too. He also spent most of his time in the state and even voted in New York in November of 2020.

Despite the ruling, however, Kristof’s social media appears to show him still running an election campaign. On February 1, he was still publishing content that directly relates to Oregon, including a campaign video in which he talks about the drug, alcohol, and suicide problem in his state.

The video remains pinned on the top of his page after being first posted back in October.

“A quarter of the kids on my old No. 6 school bus in rural Oregon are dead from drugs, alcohol, suicide, and there are No. 6 buses all over the state and country,” he said. “So I’ve made the leap. I’m running for governor and here’s why.”

His banner also still displays the “Nick for Oregon” logo.

However, in a statement, Kristof accepted the ruling from the state’s Supreme Court and said that he does not plan to petition the court for reconsideration.

“The Supreme Court has spoken. And while we are disappointed in the decision, we respect its ruling and thank the justices for their thoughtful consideration on this matter,” he said. “The ruling represents the end of my campaign for governor. But let me be clear: I’m not going anywhere.”