The candidates for governor posed on stage with their youthful questioners. They were Jeremy Clark, 14, of Portland; Olivia Cooper, 17, of Prineville; Shimon Dasgupta, 16, of Portland; Genesis Gomez, 12, of Portland; Brian Josephson, 18, Medford; Rose Lawrence, 15, of Portland; McKeely Miller, 17, of John Day; Sal Najjar, 16, of Tigard; Deja Presseur, 16, of Portland; Viktoria Rosqvist, 19, of Portland; Ja Neciya Ross, 15, of Portland; Kai Schrosk, 15, of Colton; Adi Solomon, 15, of Portland; Justin Thach, 17, of Salem; Dazon Sigo, 17, of Pendleton; and Tosha Kitungano, 17, of Portland.
Buehler said Brown’s greatest failing has been the lack of improvement in K-12 education, and he faulted her repeatedly for not fixing a cruel and inattentive foster care system that he said is plagued by a “fear-based culture” that doesn’t support front-line child welfare workers. He said an audit released about three years into Brown’s time as governor had “devastating” findings. “We need to save foster kids,” he said.
In response to a question from Shimon Dasgupta, 16, of Portland about what adults would do to keep young people safe from gun violence, Brown and Buehler expressed support for limits on gun purchases. Both said they support a ban on bump stocks, age restrictions on buying certain weapons and keeping guns away from people who’ve committed domestic violence. Buehler said Oregon should institute a three-day delay for people to purchase hand guns.