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Governor candidates to meet 3 times

Kitzhaber, Richardson will share one stage with minor-party nominees.


Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and Republican rival Dennis Richardson will meet jointly in public at least three times during their fall campaign.

At one of their appearances, they will share the stage with minor-party candidates.

The schedule:

• Sept. 26: 11 a.m., Sunriver Resort, sponsored by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters during its annual conference. This appearance will be televised live.

• Sept. 27: Noon, Eugene Conference Center, sponsored by the League of Oregon Cities during its annual conference. This appearance is unlikely to be televised live.

• Oct. 13: 7 p.m. likely time, Portland television station KGW, co-sponsored with The Oregonian.

Kitzhaber and Richardson had been negotiating for up to five joint appearances, including one in Medford and one at the City Club of Portland.

Kitzhaber and Richardson will appear together at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 in the offices of the Portland Tribune/Pamplin Media Group.

Kitzhaber, the incumbent seeking a fourth nonconsecutive term, and Richardson, a five-term state representative from Southern Oregon, appeared together July 18 at the summer meeting of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association at the Salem Convention Center. They answered common questions put to them by a panel of journalists.

Formats for the other appearances have not been announced, but are likely to involve questions from journalists.

At the League of Oregon Cities, Kitzhaber and Richardson will share the stage with minor-party nominees. So far they are Aaron Auer of Oregon City, Constitution Party; Paul Grad of Cave Junction, Libertarian Party, and Jason Levin of Portland, Pacific Green Party. The deadline for minor-party nominees is this week.

League spokesman Kevin Toon says candidates will give opening and closing statements, and respond to questions furnished in advance by the league, based on issues of concern to cities. There will be no direct interchange among the candidates.

Kitzhaber already is designated by the Working Families Party as its nominee, and Richardson likewise by the Independent Party.

In 2010, excluding the League of Oregon Cities conference, the major-party candidates for governor met only once during the campaign on a statewide telecast sponsored by KGW and The Oregonian. Kitzhaber and Republican Chris Dudley also appeared together at the editorial board meetings of the Statesman Journal in Salem and Willamette Week in Portland.

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Adds joint appearance of Kitzhaber and Richardson on Sept. 22 at Portland Tribune/Pamplin Media Group.