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Can Kate Brown really be governor until 2027?

Despite newspaper headline, Kate Brown is limited by the Oregon Constitution.

EO MEDIA GROUP - Gov. Kate BrownA headline in Bend's daily newspaper grabbed considerable attention on Thursday — claiming that Gov. Kate Brown could stay in her current post until 2027 if the voters will it.

However, that's not the case. The state's constitution says that in a period of twelve years, the governor can hold the office for, at most, eight years.

The Bulletin said that the Oregon Secretary of State's Office had provided the newspaper with incorrect information.

The Secretary of State's Office initially claimed that Brown could run both in 2018 and in 2022, and had to issue a statement Thursday to correct the error.

Gary Warner, a state bureau reporter at The Bulletin, said in a tweet Thursday that the Secretary of State's Office said there was a "misunderstanding" in information they provided to the Bulletin. The newspaper corrected the error on its website Thursday afternoon, citing incorrect information from the Secretary of State's Office.

Back in 2015, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum issued an opinion saying that Brown could not run for the post again in 2022 — an opinion that the Secretary of State's Elections Division cited in its Thursday news release clarifying the issue.

Brown appears to be raising both campaign funds and her national profile, but has not officially declared her candidacy for governor in 2018. It's also not clear what her political ambitions may be beyond 2023.