Our Governor plays a critical role in building a bright future for children and youth across our state, and the stakes are high for kids as Oregon’s gubernatorial race heats up. That’s why United for Kids has invited gubernatorial candidates to participate in a forum this fall about a range of children’s issues — from economic security to education to health and safety.

The United for Kids Gubernatorial Forum passes the microphone to children and youth, who will be asking questions of our state’s candidates about critical issues for kids. The Forum will be held before a live audience and broadcast widely with a media representative serving as moderator.

We are honored to have the support and guidance of a distinguished and bipartisan Leadership Council to oversee the United for Kids Forum, who will prioritize the children’s issues that will be covered at the event and ensure a fair format. Over 100 United for Kids partner groups will identify child and youth representatives and field potential questions to be asked of candidates, ensuring a wide range of children’s issues are addressed in a balanced and representative manner.

Stay tuned for more information. We look forward to hearing the questions Oregon kids have for our future Governor!


2018 United for Kids Gubernatorial Forum Leadership Council

Maria Elena Campisteguy, Portland
Senior Executive VP, Metropolitan Group

Dan Field, Portland
Executive Director, Community Benefit & External Affairs, Kaiser Permanente Northwest

Sally Kosey, Pendleton
Trustee, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Becky Gladstone, Eugene
Vice President, League of Women Voters of Oregon, Oregon E-Governmental Portal Advisory Board

Lori Olund, Happy Valley
President, Miles Fiberglass and Composites

Viktoria Rosqvist, Portland
Co-Chair, Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition

Bill Thorndike, Medford
President, Medford Fabrication

Dick Withnell, Salem
Owner, Withnell Motor Company

Amelia Ernst, Portland
Leadership Team, Oregon Student Voice (OSV)

Roberto Gutierrez, Klamath Falls
President, Klamath Community College

LeeAnn Larsen, Beaverton
President, Oregon School Board Association

Jairo Rodriguez, Milwaukie
Chair, Oregon Community College Student Association

Sharon Soliday, Gladstone
Board Chair, Children First for Oregon

Ken Thrasher, Portland
Chairman of the Board, Compli