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Kids to ask questions in first governor’s debate

Children will get to hold the candidates accountable for the issues that matter most to them.

Posted: Aug 23, 2018 4:28 PM
Updated: Oct 9, 2018 1:30 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The first debate in the Oregon governor race will be breaking new ground -- it will be the first time Oregon’s children will be asking all the questions.

Journalists from Portland will facilitate the event, but 100 percent of the questions will come directly from Oregon youth.

Children First for Oregon is soliciting applications from children and youth throughout the state who want to participate. To submit a question for the candidates and to learn how to submit a video, click here.

Organizers said the stakes are high for Oregon’s youth and while they can’t vote, this will give them a voice in the 2018 election on economic security, health care, safety, education and other issues they face.

The Debate for Oregon’s Future will include the three major party candidates for governor in this year’s November election: Gov. Kate Brown (D) and challengers Rep. Knute Buehler (R) and Patrick Starnes (I).

It’s happening Oct. 2 from 7 to 8 p.m. on Portland television station KOIN.

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