October 5, 2004
NEWSCHANNEL 8 to air Oregon mayoral debate
Portland, OR -- With the prospect of Portland having a new mayor for the first time in twelve years, KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8 and The Oregonian will present a live televised debate on Tuesday, October 26 from 7-8 pm --one week before Election Day on November 2.
Following in the tradition of NewsChannel 8 airing debates between candidates for major offices, the October 26th debate will be between Portland City Councilman Jim Francesconi and former Portland Police Chief Tom Potter. The debate will be co-sponsored by The Oregonian and be moderated by NewsChannel 8 anchor Tracy Barry.
Panelists questioning the candidates will be NewsChannel 8 City beat reporter Randy Neves, The Oregonian's City Hall reporter Henry Stern and 1190 KEX morning anchor Marie Dodds. Rich Kurz is the producer of the telecast.
"Selecting a new Portland mayor is one of the most important decisions voters will make this year. Whomever wins the election will be the city's first new mayor in 12 years and will guide and lead the city for the next four years. We're pleased that KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8 and The Oregonian can bring this important debate to the citizens of our community as they think about their decision," said NewsChannel 8 Executive News Director Rod Gramer.
"We're pleased to have the opportunity to work again with KGW to help the voters of Portland make this important choice. This is a key decision for our city and a televised debate is a wonderful way for
voters to have the chance to evaluate the candidates," said Peter Bhatia, Executive Editor of The Oregonian.
In addition to its continuing coverage of Decision 2004, NewsChannel 8 has encouraged viewers to participate in the voting process through its "Register. Vote. Make History." campaign.
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