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On Jan. 25, Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read joined OBI Political Affairs Director Preston Mann to discuss his campaign to become Oregon’s next secretary of state. Read announced in September that he would seek the Democratic nomination for the state’s second highest elective office. The secretary of state oversees elections and audits as well as the Corporations Division. The office holder also replaces the governor should she or he leave office early.

Read was elected treasurer in 2016 and won re-election in 2020. He is prohibited by term limits from seeking re-election. Prior to serving as treasurer, Read represented Beaverton for a decade in the state House of Representatives.

A few of the topics discussed:

  • How the secretary of state can foster a more favorable business climate
  • What Read is hearing from county clerks
  • Campaign finance reform
  • Ranked choice voting
  • Independent redistricting

Follow the link below to watch a recording of the webinar.