In tonight’s Debate for Oregon’s future the three candidates for governor will be answering questions from students across Oregon. One of those students is a Prineville resident and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with her before she heads out to Portland for tonight’s debate.
When the race for the republican nomination for governor started late last year it looked like the two candidates from Bend, former state representative Dr. Knute Buehler and Bend businessman Sam Carpenter, would be the key players in the statewide campaign. However, one of the other eight candidates in the race has made a name for himself in the past few months after winning the straw poll at the Dorchester Conference and coming in second in the Washington County straw poll.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with retired navy captain Greg Wooldridge, a three-time leader of the Blue Angels who now makes a living as a motivational speaker, but says some members of Oregon’s republican party recruited him to jump into the race.
A Closer Look at the Republican Gubernatorial Primary Race
The primary elections are a little more than two weeks away and the Secretary of State has mailed out the ballots to all registered voters across the state.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel joins us with a look at one of the most hotly-contested races going into the final stretch.
Bend businessman Sam Carpenter is one of seven Republicans trying to become the first Republican to win an Oregon governor’s race in 30 years. Carpenter is one of two republicans from the east side of the Cascades, who is taking on the incumbent democrat, current governor Kate Brown.
Right now Governor Kate Brown and Knute Buehler are the clear front-runners in the governor’s race if you are measuring strictly by the millions of dollars both candidates have raised so far for this race. However, Carpenter points to a poll taken in December that shows he would fare slightly better than Buehler in a head-to-head race with Brown.
Carpenter says he has laid the groundwork by meeting people all over the state and will now turn to the challenging task of catching up in the fundraising efforts, but added that money is not always the deciding factor. President Donald Trump spent the least amount of money of any of his primary and general election challenges and still went on to win the White House.
State Commission Believes Former Oregon Governor Committed 10 Ethics Violations
The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has voted unanimously to find former Governor John Kitzhaber guilty of ten ethics violations, and now he could be facing up to $50,000 in finds pending appeal.
Governor Kitzhaber faced the state ethics commissioners in person in Salem on Friday to talk publicly for the first time about the allegations that led to his resignation in 2015.
Kitzhaber apologized for missteps he had made and said he wanted to be held accountable. He said he was aware that there could be potential conflicts of interest with the kind of work that Cylvia Hayes was doing as a clean energy consultant. He had assigned staffers to look into any ethical conflicts, but at some point, he delegated more of the work and started focusing on other priorities as Governor.