By Dick Mason-
LA GRANDE — Patrick Starnes said campaign finance reform is the first step that needs to be taken before Oregon can successfully address some of its most pressing issues.
The Democratic candidate for governor is running as if the finance reform he is pushing for is already in place. Starnes is accepting donations of no more than $1,000 and is not taking contributions from corporations, or political action committees.
“We need to get big money out of Oregon politics,” Starnes said during a Friday, Jan. 21, meeting with members of the Union County Progressives. “I am modeling my campaign on what I am proposing.”
Starnes is one of 17 candidates seeking to succeed Gov. Kate Brown as governor, according to ballotpedia.org. Brown, Oregon’s governor since 2015, cannot run for reelection because of term limits…
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