Willamette Welcomes Candidates

Willamette University will host the state's first gubernatorial debate featuring all six candidates for governor in Smith Auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited.

Democratic candidates include Jim Hill, former State Treasurer and legislator; Ted Kulongoski, former State Supreme Court Justice, Attorney General and legislator; and Beverly Stein, former Chair of the Multnomah County Commission.

Republican candidates include Kevin Mannix, former legislator; Jack Roberts, former Commissioner of Labor and Industries; and Ron Saxton, Portland School Board member.

Co-hosting the event with Willamette are the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press.

Willamette University President Lee Pelton will open the debate with a brief welcome.