Aaron Auer

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Aaron Auer
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Former candidate for
Governor of Oregon
PartyConstitution Party
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
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Aaron Auer was a Constitution Party candidate for Governor of Oregon in the 2014 elections.[1] Aaron Auer lost the general election on November 4, 2014.



See also: Oregon gubernatorial election, 2014

Auer ran for election to the office of Governor of Oregon. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Governor of Oregon, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kitzhaber Incumbent 49.9% 733,230
     Republican Dennis Richardson 44.1% 648,542
     Pacific Green Jason Levin 2% 29,561
     Libertarian Paul Grad 1.5% 21,903
     Constitution Aaron Auer 1.1% 15,929
     Progressive Chris Henry 0.9% 13,898
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 6,654
Total Votes 1,469,717
Election Results via Oregon Secretary of State.

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See also: Resignation of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber

Incumbent John Kitzhaber previously served as Governor of Oregon from 1995 to 2003 and was running for a fourth non-consecutive term in 2014. He stressed a renewed focus on tax changes and job creation aimed at reducing inequality in his fourth term.[2][3]

Kitzhaber earned credit following his election in 2010 for increasing health coverage for Oregon residents and reducing the financial burdens of state pensions. Republican opponent Dennis Richardson and his supporters highlighted problems over the previous four years including a false start for the state's Cover Oregon health exchange that cost taxpayers $250 million.[4]

Kitzhaber also drew scrutiny for myriad revelations about potential conflicts of interest by first lady and advisor Cylvia Hayes. On October 13, Kitzhaber requested an investigation by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission into whether Hayes leveraged her role in the governor's office to improve her consulting business. Richardson jumped on the opportunity to criticize the governor over ethics concerns, calling his administration "inept and unethical" and musing rhetorically that he might have been hiding more secrets.[4] The seven-member ethics commission had no scheduled meetings prior to the November 4 general election.[5]

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