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Candidates meet for first Oregon gubernatorial debate

The first Oregon gubernatorial debate had candidates answer questions from students.

Posted: Oct 2, 2018 11:54 PM
Updated: Oct 29, 2018 4:27 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW) -- Voters got their first look at Oregon's gubernatorial candidates in a debate format Tuesday night, with a twist: Most people asking the questions weren’t old enough to vote. They were students from all over the state, who addressed the candidates on stage at Roosevelt High School.

One of those students was 15-year-old Kai Schrosk from Colton High School. Schrosk asked what the candidates would do to help prevent teen suicide and improve the overall mental health among high-risk groups.

In response, Rep. Knute Buehler talked about the suicide prevention hotline, Lines for Life.

“Help lines that people can call -- youth can call -- and talk with peers,” offered Buehler, as an example of help. “Peers that understand the challenges of being a youth.”

Gov. Kate Brown touched on the need for state-wide comprehensive school-based health programs.

“I think it's absolutely key that we have access to school nurses in every single one of our schools,” Brown said.

After the debate, Schrosk weighed in on the candidates’ responses.

“[You have to] speak your mind, don't worry if it's polite,” Lawrence said. “What matters is if you expose if they really are interested in the issue or not and what they’re going to do.”

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