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Brown Sidesteps Traditional Summer Debate With Pierce At Publishers' Gathering

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Gov. Kate Brown, shown here at Bill Clinton's visit to Portland in May 2016, has declined to participate in the July debate with Republican candidate Bud Pierce.

Gov. Kate Brown has declined to participate in a July 22 debate that has been a longstanding tradition for candidates in the race for Oregon governor.

The debate, organized and moderated by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, has typically ushered in the general election campaign season for the past 30 years.

“It is disappointing because she was not elected in by the voters, so it seems unfair for voters to miss out on this opportunity,” said Laurie Hieb, ONPA executive director.

Brown gave no specific reason for skipping the 90-minute debate, which is typically streamed live on newspaper websites and reported in news stories.

Read more at The Portland Tribune.