Kitzhaber, Richardson to meet for campaign's first debate

Kitzhaber, Richardson to meet for campaign's first debate
State Rep. Dennis Richardson (left) and Gov. John Kitzhaber.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his Republican rival, Dennis Richardson, are preparing to square off in the campaign's first debate.

The candidates are scheduled to meet Friday in Salem at a convention for the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

Kitzhaber is a Democrat seeking an unprecedented fourth term. Richardson is a state representative from Central Point.

They'll field questions for 90 minutes from a panel of newspaper editors, publishers and reporters.

KATU will stream the debate live on KATU.com starting at 10:15 a.m.