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Gubernatorial hopefuls face off in debate

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August 3, 2022

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Betsy Johnson, a former state senator, at right, speaks during a gubernatorial candidate debate Friday, July 29, in Welches. Opponents Christine Drazan, far left, and Tina Kotek look on.

The three women running for the Oregon governor's seat in November faced off for the first time Friday, July 29, kicking off an historic election season.

Republican Christine Drazan, nonaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson and Democrat Tina Kotek appeared in the debate, held in Welches and organized by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

The event, streamed live and viewable online as indicated above, was the first opportunity for the candidates to stake out their positions in a debate format.

Kotek, who was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2006 and was Speaker of t...

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