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Speaker Tina Kotek Releases “Tough,” First Video of Campaign


[Portland, OR] – Today, Speaker Tina Kotek released her first campaign video of the primary – “Tough” – highlighting Speaker Kotek’s leadership in the Oregon House and her commitment to moving the state forward. 

Kotek, who recently gained a slate of impressive endorsements from major labor unions and grassroots organizations, outlines her long history of fighting for Oregonians: passing paid sick leave, expanding background checks for gun purchases, raising the minimum wage, putting the state on a path to 100% clean energy, and protecting reproductive health care.

Click HERE to view “Tough” 

“I’m so proud to call Oregon home. I love our state. Because here, we don’t just talk about a better future, we do the hard work to make it happen. Join us, and we’ll do the tough stuff together.”

Below is the transcript for “Tough”:

[Tina]: My name’s Tina Kotek. But I’ve been called a few things over the years.

[Oregonians]: Food bank and children’s advocate. State representative. Budget wiz. She’s a little bit of a policy geek.

[Aimee]: I call her wife.

[Oregonians]: Ally. Madam Speaker – first lesbian in the country to get that one. Tina is determined. Unstoppable. La jefa. Tina Kotek? She’s real tough.

[Tina]: And then there were some other words for tough… that women get called… And those were the days that I really knew we were getting things done. And that’s what’s always mattered to me, making a real difference to help people. So even when some said it was impossible… We made record investments in education and affordable housing.

[Oregonians]: Passed paid sick leave. Expanded background checks for gun purchases. Raised the minimum wage. She got Oregon on the path to 100% clean energy. And protected reproductive health care here, no matter what happens at the Supreme Court.

[Tina]: We’ve made a start on a better future for all Oregonians. But it is not nearly enough, especially as the pandemic and historic wildfires have changed our lives. From homelessness to climate change, it’s one thing to talk about our problems. It’s another thing to make the tough calls to actually get things done. And that’s why I’m running for Governor. Whether your hometown is big or small, if you love the coast, the mountains, or the high desert, we all deserve good schools, an affordable place to live, and clean air and water for our children, and their children too. 

I’m so proud to call Oregon home. I love our state. Because here, we don’t just talk about a better future, we do the hard work to make it happen.

Join us, and we’ll do the tough stuff together.

Join us!

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