The following announcement of Claire Hall’s candidacy for Governor of Oregon in 2022 was apparently intended to be more of an exploratory statement than a genuine declaration of her intent to seek the state’s highest elected office. Claire emailed NewsLincolnCounty.com indicating that she is testing the waters to see if there is sufficient support for her potential candidacy and perhaps to gauge the possibilities of the campaign financing that would be required to run a credible campaign for Governor.
Claire provided a disclaimer to put her intentions in a clearer perspective:
My statement was not a formal (or even informal) declaration of candidacy! It was thinking out loud…kind of crowdfunding, but for ideas, not money.
I may do this….my heart says, do it, but in my head, I just don’t know if it’s practical or achieveable.
Below is the text of her “coming out” to indicate her strong interest in becoming Oregon’s next Governor.
As of today I am a candidate for Governor of Oregon in 2022, when term limits will require Kate Brown to retire.
Why do I run? Not for any personal gain or glory, but for an opportunity to serve the state and the people I love.
What form will that service take?
The first time I sought public office, in 2004, I said it was the role of government to help people build healthier, safer, more prosperous lives. I still believe that, though I would amend the third part of that statement to read more abundant lives, not just prosperous in the economic sense, but in the spiritual sense as well. For lives of material comfort without meaning and purpose and the love of others are still empty lives.
What are my values?
I am a proud native Oregonian. I want to serve all Oregonians. In this sometimes dark and dangerous era, when so many in this world want to tie identity to blood and soil, I believe that anyone who claims this land as their home and those around them as fellow human beings is in spirit and fact an Oregonian.
If you believe in scarcity, fear and hate — hate of those who don’t look like you, worship like you, think like you or love like you then this is not the movement for you. If you believe it is our common mission and goal to lift each other toward our full potential, then you are welcomed with loving arms.
How do we get there?
We start by agreeing that no Oregonian should be in want of basic needs — food, shelter, clothing, health care and as much education as they can absorb.
We can then agree that we must do all that we can to preserve, protect and heal the 98-thousand square miles of our home. Without clean water and clean air – without healthy deserts, forests and shoreline, then the places we live, work and recreate will degrade, and our quality of life will degrade. Eventually those places will die, and then we will die.
In all my years in office, one of my great frustrations has been that so many of our decisions are based on the idea of what do we need to do right now?
I have deep respect for the First Peoples to call Oregon home. We still have much to learn from their teachings are ways. One idea we need to bring to the greater sphere of public life is the Seventh Generation principle — the concept that we look at every decision through its impact on the generations to follow us.
I do not pretend that the work ahead of us will be quick, or easy. But it will be the most joyous and rewarding work we will ever take up together.