By News-Register staff • 

Candidate's appearance cancelled

UPDATE: The Linfield College appearance by Independent Party candidate Patrick Starnes has been cancelled, since Starnes on Tuesday withdrew from the race and threw his support behind Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.

He was scheduled to speak on campus tonight, Nov. 1.

According to the Associated Press, Starnes said in a joint telephone interview with Brown that he backs her because she supports campaign finance reform. Starnes had made reform his centerpiece. 

Republican candidate Knute Buehler and Libertarian Nick Chen visited campus earlier in the week.



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Two more gubernatorial candidates have joined Republican Knute Buehler in scheduling appearances at Linfield College in McMinnville.

Buehler, now a state representative from Bend, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall on campus.

Nick Chen, the Libertarian Party candidate, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in the same location. And Patrick Starnes, the Independent candidate, will speak there at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.

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 also has invited the incumbent, Gov. Kate Brown, although the Democratic candidate has yet to schedule an appearance.

The college neither supports nor opposes any candidate for any political office.

College officials said they informed all the candidates that these are not campaign stops, but rather visits to discuss the importance of civic engagement in the context of their campaign experiences. Linfield plans to have other elected officials on campus in the near future, as well.

The events are co-sponsored by Linfield’s Department of Political Science and the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement.



Wow, it will be great to hear from the candidates right here in little old Mac. Hopefully Governor Brown will come too. Thanks Linfield! I'm going to attend.


Is it going to be difficult to get a seat for Buehler? I work in Beaverton and live in Newberg. I could probably be in line by 5. Thanks !

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