Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber
(above, right) turned 63 earlier this year. And although he appears to be in excellent physical condition, when you see Kitzhaber in person, all the years the avid outdoorsman has spent fishing, rafting, hiking and running are evident in the lines on his face.
That's what makes the Voters' Pamphlet
arriving in mailboxes this week fascinating. State election law requires that candidates submit pictures taken in the past four years—although it is silent on whether those photographs can be airbrushed or whether the candidate can Botox before the photo is taken. Kitzhaber's rival for the Democratic nomination, former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, looks his age (60) in his photo.
Kitzhaber's campaign manager, Derek Humphrey, says the voters' pamphlet photo is not from Kitzhaber's high school yearbook or an earlier guberntorial run (he won election in 1994 and 1998) but was taken in the last few months at a studio in Portland.
"We actually didn't have one [photograph] that met the criteria so had to have one taken (late February) I think," Humphrey says.
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