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Gov. Brown endorses Hillary Clinton in presidential race

Gov. Kate Brown has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race.

Brown said Monday that she and Clinton “share a bold, progressive agenda.”

The endorsement is about two months before the May 17 primary election in Oregon. It also comes a day after Clinton’s rival for the nomination, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, attracted more than 7,000 people to a rally in Vancouver, Wash., where voters caucus on March 26.

Brown said she endorsed Clinton because the former New York senator is “the fighter Oregon families need in the White House.”

“Hillary and I share a bold, progressive agenda that aims to break down the barriers that hold working families back and ensures that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed,” Brown said in a March 21 statement. “Hillary has spent her career fighting to advance civil rights for all Americans and working towards real solutions to the issues that keep Oregonians up at night. From her commitment to fighting for paid family and medical leave, to her proposal to make Oregon the model for expanding voting rights nationwide, I know that Oregonians can count on Hillary to deliver real results for us as president.”

Brown is the 15th sitting governor to endorse Clinton. Nearly three dozen former governors — including former Democratic presidential candidates Howard Dean and Michael Dukakis — have also endorsed Clinton.