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BREAKING: Independent Party Candidate Patrick Starnes Suspends Campaign For Governor, Throws Support to Gov. Kate Brown

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 18:00

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As first reported by KATU-TV, Patrick Starnes, the Independent Party of Oregon nominee for governor, today announced he is suspending his campaign and will urge voters to vote for Governor Kate Brown.

“Oregonians know they can trust Kate Brown to deliver on her promises, and today’s show of support from Patrick Starnes is further proof,” said Christian Gaston, campaign communications director. “With one week until election day, voters are seeing that Republican Knute Buehler is simply a risk Oregon cannot afford.”

From KATU-TV: Independent Party of Ore. gubernatorial candidate suspends campaign, endorses Kate Brown:

"PORTLAND, Ore. – Independent Party of Oregon gubernatorial candidate Patrick Starnes says he’s suspending his campaign for governor and endorsing Democratic incumbent Kate Brown.

Starnes joined Gov. Brown in the KATU News studio to make the announcement Tuesday.

Brown said she’s honored.

“I’m deeply appreciative of his willingness to endorse me. It certainly means a lot,” Brown said.

Brown said she and Starnes share the same values when it comes to healthcare and campaign finance reform.

Starnes says he is choosing Brown over Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler because of the multi-million-dollar donations Buehler has received from one individual.

Starnes’ key campaign issue was campaign finance reform. He’s asked Brown to pass a constitutional amendment that would make elections fair in the future and get big money out of politics.

Brown said she’s committed to making changes to campaign finance reform after the most expensive governor race in Oregon history.

Brown said she did not ask Starnes to endorse her. He reached out to her campaign Monday and said he wants to endorse her.

Brown said she looks forward to reaching out to Starnes’ supporters.

Starnes addressed his supporters in the interview saying, “I hope they recognize that one has to be realistic about how to get things across the finish line.”

Starnes hopes his supporters will rally behind the current governor.

Brown encourages everyone to get their votes in before election day."