Portland mayoral race debate to be rescheduled
The first debate in the runoff election between Mayor Ted Wheeler and challenger Sarah Iannarone was postponed Thursday night because of technical difficulties.
The City Club of Portland hosted the online debate that was scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. But after Wheeler completed his opening remarks, Iannarone had audio problem and could not be heard.
A brief repair did not last and organizers declared it would be rescheduled after about 45 minutes. A new date will be announced.
At one point, the club's website said that nearly 700 viewers were waiting for the debate to proceed.
"The program began and we unfortunately lost audio for one of the speakers," the City Club said in a Friday letter to members. "This was a difficulty on our end that we were not able to remedy. We were using a system that we've used before and had tested with the candidates in advance of the event, but tonight it didn't work for us."
The debate was co-sponsored by the Pamplin Media Group and XRAY.fm radio. It was to be moderated by Portland Tribune Managing Editor Dana Haynes.
Wheeler was forced into a runoff at the Nov. 3 general election because he received just under 50% of the vote in the primary. Iannarone came in second with 24%.
The following additional City Club debates are scheduled in coming weeks:
• 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1: Oregon secretary of state, Democrat Sen. Shemia Fagan vs. Republican Sen. Kim Thatcher.
• Noon, Friday, Oct. 9: Portland City Council Position No. 4, incumbent Chloe Eudaly vs. Mingus Mapps.
• 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, Metro Council District 5, Mary Nolan vs. Chris Smith.
• 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21: Oregon State Treasurer, incumbent Tobias Read vs. Jeff Gudman.
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