Former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is ineligible to run for governor in Oregon next year, state officials said Thursday.
Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who left the newspaper in October, cannot seek the state’s top office in 2022 because he doesn’t meet the three-year residency requirement, according to Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan.
“The rules are the rules and they apply equally to all candidates for office in Oregon,” Fagan said in a statement. “I stand by the determination of the experts in the Oregon Elections Division that Mr. Kristof does not currently meet the Constitutional requirements to run or serve as Oregon governor.”
In a letter to Kristof, state officials