BEND, OR -- Jamie McLeod Skinner isn't new to politics - She ran against Congressman Greg Walden for District 2's seat in 2018, and now she's planning a run for Secretary of State in 2020. "Really building, and rebuilding, public trust, ensuring safe, and secure, and fair elections, the audit process so that accountability for government spending, and ensuring public safety through how resources are spent."
She's an attorney and Natural Resources Consultant and Oregon's public lands are important to her. "A lot of folks don't know about the public lands role, and serving on the State Lands Board, and so my background in natural resources and water really ties in well with that."
McLeod-Skinner says she learned a lot about what Oregonians want when she was campaigning against Walden. "What I've seen and heard from folks is real concerns about the urban rural divide, and concerns about the sense of a growing gap between Oregonians." She is also interested in improving economic Development in Oregon and solving some of Oregon's complex challenges. "People's confidence in one's ability to listen, and hear, and work effectively with people across our state, and across the political and urban and rural divide, is I think, a really important part of that role." She says the Secretary of State's position covers everything from elections security to public lands to small business registries, as well as helping determine how many representatives the state will have. "The Secretary of State is the backdrop for redistricting, and we will see that come up after the 2020 Census."
She can't file and officially announce her candidacy before mid-September. Current Secretary of State Bev Clarno was appointed by Governor Kate Brown to finish the late Dennis Richardson's term and is not running for election.