About the Debate for Oregon’s Future
On October 2, 2018, Oregon’s candidates for governor answered questions from 15 youth in a first-of-its-kind gubernatorial debate. Presented by Children First for Oregon, KOIN, and Pamplin Media, the Debate for Oregon’s Future gave students from across the state an opportunity to hold the candidates accountable for the issues that matter most to them.
Debate Youth Participants
Jeremy Clark, 14, Portland
Olivia Cooper, 17, Prineville
Shimon Dasgupta, 16, Portland
Genesis Gomez, 12, Portland
Tosha Kitungano, 17, Portland
Rose Lawrence, 15, Portland
McKeely Miller, 17, John Day
Sal Najjar, 16, Tigard
Deja Preusser, 16, Portland
Viktoria Rosqvist, 19, Forest Grove
Ja Neciya Ross, 15, Portland
Kai Schrosk, 15, Colton
Dazon Sigo, 17, Pendleton
Adi Solomon, 15, Portland
Justin Thach, 17, Salem
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Children’s Institute • The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde • Metropolitan Group • Morrison Child & Family Services • Portland General Electric • Strategies 360 • United Way of the Columbia-Willamette • Vernier Software & Technology • Withnell Motor Company
Also supported by
Al & Nancy Jubitz • Ken & Marta Thrasher
News & Updates
The following article was published in the Portland Tribune on October 2, 2018. Childhood homelessness, the foster care system and mental health in schools: Yes, candidates, this will be on the test. Fifteen youths from across the state pressed for hard truths from...
The following was published by Oregon Public Broadcasting on 10/2/18. State Rep. Knute Buehler attempted to make the first gubernatorial debate with Gov. Kate Brown a referendum on her leadership, but the format — fielding questions from high school students from all...
The following was published in the Chronicle of Social Change on 10/1/18. On Tuesday, an Oregon foster youth will be asking tough questions of the state’s candidates for governor. Organized by Children First for Oregon, the Debate for Oregon’s Future is entirely...
Youth from Pendleton to Medford to Portland will be participating in historic Debate for Oregon’s Future The final debate questioners have been selected for the Debate for Oregon's Future. More than a dozen young people, representing 8 cities and ranging in ages...
The first debate for Oregon governor breaks new ground because it will be the first time Oregon’s children and youth will be asking all the questions. The Debate for Oregon’s Future, presented by Children First for Oregon, KOIN 6 and Pamplin Media Group, is an...
We are honored to have the support and guidance of a distinguished and bipartisan Leadership Council to oversee the Debate for Oregon's Future. Our Leadership Council is helping to prioritize the children’s issues to be covered at the event, identify child...