Updated April 26, 2018

As of April 26, six candidates for Governor (2 R’s, 2 D’s and 2 Ind.) have replied to the 2018 Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Project survey, which asked governor candidates these questions on immigration:

10.  Do you support the repeal of Oregon’s sanctuary state law?

23.  Do you support an Oregon Constitutional amendment to require proof of citizenship to register to vote in Oregon?

42.  Do you support requiring all Oregon employers to use the federal E-Verify system to determine the employee’s work eligibility status?

You can click here to see a comparison guide to replies:


Sam Carpenter – Yes to all 3 questions.    Jonathan I Edwards III – 10, No; 23 and 42, Yes.

Sam Carpenter also replied to the 2016 questions when he was running for U.S. Senate.  Here are his 2016 answers: 

22.  Do you support requiring all employers to verify employee eligibility to work in the United States?  Yes.  23. Do you support securing the borders before any form of amnesty is legalized?  Yes.  24. Do you support spending public funds to benefit illegal immigrants?   No.  25. Do you support automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S. when both parents are not legal residents?  No.

Carpenter spoke at the February OFIR meeting, giving his views on immigration. He has a campaign website at with a page describing in full detail his positions on immigration policy.  

A Republican Party candidate for Governor, Greg C. Wooldridge, who has not so far provided answers to the OAAVEP survey, does support strict immigration controls.  He spoke to the OFIR meeting in February, making his views clear.  His website at includes, in the Issues section, a strong statement on immigration reform.

A candidate reputed to be a prominent Republican contender for Governor, Representative Knute Buehler of Bend (House District 54), does not mention immigration on his campaign website and is not known to have issued any specific statement on this issue.  He did not reply to the OAAVEP survey.  However, his voting record while in the State legislature from 2015 to present shows that he consistently voted against bills that accommodate illegal immigrants (SB 932 in 2015, SB 558 and HB 3464 in 2017, and HB 4111 in 2018).

Two other Republicans, Bruce Cuff and Jack Tacy, originally filed as candidates for Governor, and replied to the OAAVEP survey, but they dropped out recently.  On Cuff’s campaign website, he now endorses Greg Wooldridge. On Tacy’s  Facebook page he calls for support to Sam Carpenter.


Two of the three Democratic Party candidates replied to the 2018 OAAVEP survey.   Ed Jones – Yes to all 3 questions.  Candace Neville – No to all 3 questions.

The incumbent Governor, Kate Brown (D), seeks re-election.  She did not reply to questions in the OAAVEP survey. 

As Governor, on April 4 of this year she announced that she will refuse to let Oregon National Guard troops be stationed at the U.S.-Mexico border, should President Trump seek to dispatch them there.

Brown served as Secretary of State before becoming Governor, and prior to that she was a member of the Legislature for several years.  While in the Senate, in 2003 she sponsored SB 10 granting instate tuition to illegal aliens, which passed the Senate but not the House.  In 2007 she voted for SB 424, a bill which had been gutted of the original text and filled with a prohibition against “state agency or program from expending funds to implement Real ID Act of 2005 unless federal funds are received by state to cover estimated costs and certain other conditions are met by Dept. of Transportation.”  In 2008 she voted against SB 1080 requiring proof of citizenship to obtain driver license.

In 2015, HB 2177, the automatic voter registration bill, which makes voting by illegal aliens more likely, was introduced in the State Legislature at the request of Secretary of State Kate Brown.  Also in 2015 she announced unlimited support for bringing refugees to Oregon, saying "Clearly, Oregon will continue to accept refugees. They seek safe haven and we will continue to open the doors of opportunity for them. The words on the Statue of Liberty apply in Oregon just as they do in every other state."


Skye J. Allen replied to the OAAVEP questionnaire, saying Yes to question 22 (repeal of Oregon’s sanctuary law), and Yes to question 23 (requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote in Oregon.)  He said No to question 42 (requiring all Oregon employers to use the federal E-Verify system to determine the employee’s work eligibility status.)

Dan Pistore answers:  10. Yes. Let illegals stay, deport the criminals, close the gate, then everyone comes in the legal way. 23. Yes. Very strong on this - most states are lax.  42. Declined to answer.