Betsy Johnson entered my office at The Astorian in 2000 as a candidate for the state House of Representatives. Decades prior, our family histories intersected when my father and Johnson’s mother were colleagues on the state Board of Higher Education. They had a simpatico relationship. So I was inclined to like this legislative candidate. And I did.

Not being a pollster, I will leave it to others to speculate on the viability of Johnson’s strategy for winning the three-way race she has with Democrat Tina Kotek and Republican Christine Drazan. What interests me much more is what kind of governor she would be.

Steve Forrester, the former editor and publisher of The Astorian, is the president and CEO of EO Media Group.

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