April 26, 2004
NewsChannel 8 to air Portland Mayoral Debate Live Thursday, April 29
Portland, OR -- Leading up to what could be one of the most important elections in Portland in the past twelve years, KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8 will air a televised debate prior to the upcoming mayoral primary Tuesday, May 18 from 7-8 pm.
Taking part in the non-partisan debate will be four candidates for Mayor of Portland"City Commissioner Jim Francesconi, former Portland Chief of Police Tom Potter, Phil Busse, Managing Editor of the Portland Mercury and Northeast Portland businessman James Posey.
Broadcast live from KGWs downtown studios at 1501 SW Jefferson Street, the debate will be moderated by NewsChannel 8 anchor Tracy Barry and feature questions from NewsChannel 8 city beat reporter Randy Neves, The Oregonians City Hall reporter Henry Stern and KEX morning anchor Marie Dodds.
In addition to questions from the three panelists, viewers will be able to e-mail questions to the candidates through kgw.com and oregonlive.com. The live program can also be seen throughout the northwest on NorthWest Cable News.
These debates are the latest in a series of debates NewsChannel 8 has conducted beginning in April 2002 between major candidates in the two major parties. In doing so, the station feels it has paved the road for awareness, and taken the lead in providing information Oregon voters need to make educated decisions. In addition to its coverage of Decision 2004, NewsChannel 8 is encouraging viewers to participate in the voting process through its "Register. Vote. Make History" campaign.
The programs producer is Rich Kurz.
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