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

Students steal the show at Oregon’s governor debate

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...

Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Field Questions From High School Students

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...

This Time, Oregon Foster Youth Will Ask the Questions

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...

First Governor’s Debate Will Be a First for Oregon’s Kids

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...

Meet Our Leadership Council

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...