Nick Kristof is asking the Oregon Supreme Court to overturn the decision to grant a residence permit in a gubernatorial bid

SALEM, Ore. Former New York Times columnist Nick Kristof filed a petition with the Oregon Supreme Court on Friday, asking judges to quickly overturn Secretary of State Shemia Fagan’s decision not to meet the state constitutional requirement of a three-year term to run for governor. .

“In the absence of this court’s intervention, voters will be marginalized and the gubernatorial race will be irreversibly changed by a lone official applying new and untested legal reasoning,” Kristof’s lawyers wrote.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that while such a case would typically only work its way up through the justice system, beginning at the district level, Kristof argued that the Oregon Supreme Court should put an end to questions about his residence permit soon – well before a deadline of 17 March for candidates to qualify for the Democratic primary in May.

If the judges find no reason to force Fagan to overturn her decision, Kristof requested that she be forced to explain in court why she would not approve his candidacy.

Kristof’s arguments in the petition and a parallel note filed with the court reflect arguments his lawyers have made for months: The Pulitzer Prize winner grew up in Yamhill, has long maintained property and has lain there, saying he always considered Oregon to be his home.

But Kristof has spent much of his life outside the state, where he has lived in New York and abroad to pursue his profession. He voted as a resident of New York in November 2020 and had a New York driver’s license the same year.

Democrats have held the Oregon governor’s office since 1987. Those running for the state high office include Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and Treasurer Tobias Read.

Republicans seeking their party’s nomination include state Rep. Christine Drazan, former Republican nominee Bud Pierce and Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam.

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