Update: As Patrick Starnes, the Independent candidate, has dropped out of the gubernatorial race, Linfield College has cancelled the Nov. 1 talk.
Linfield College is hosting three gubernatorial candidates next week on its McMinnville campus to discuss civic engagement and political participation, one week before Oregonians go to the polls.
Nick Chen, Libertarian Party candidate, will speak on Monday, Oct. 29. Rep. Knute Buehler, Republican Party candidate, will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Patrick Starnes, the Independent candidate, will speak on Thursday, Nov. 1.
All three events will occur at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. The events are open to the public, although Linfield students will have first priority in some seating areas and in the queue to ask questions.
Linfield has invited all of Oregon’s gubernatorial candidates on this year’s ballot to speak at the college, including the incumbent, Gov. Kate Brown. The College neither supports nor opposes any candidate for this or other political offices.
All invited speakers were informed that these are not campaign stops, but rather visits to discuss the importance of civic engagement in the context of their campaign experiences and to talk primarily with students around this theme. Linfield College will have other elected officials on campus in the near future to interact with students and faculty.
These events are free and open to the public and are co-sponsored by Linfield’s Department of Political Science and the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE).