WELCHES — During the first general election debate in a race for who will become the next governor of Oregon, the three candidates empathized with many Oregonians dissatisfied with where the state is headed.

Each of the three women, however, offered differing solutions to the state’s myriad issues during a 90-minute forum that underscored the chasms among their political philosophies and leadership styles.


Christine Drazan, the Republican candidate for governor, Betsy Johnson, the unaffiliated candidate, and Tina Kotek, the Democratic candidate, held their first debate.

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