Oregon Secretary of State Debate
Join the City Club for the Oregon Secretary of State debate with Kate Brown and Knute Buehler. The Oregon Secretary of State maintains the official records of Oregon’s government, provides oversight of public spending and promotes commerce by enabling the creation of business. Maybe most widely known- the Secretary of State interprets and applies the election laws that allow our democracy to function. Oregon votes by mail and has one of the highest rates of civic engagement. In 2010 Oregon ranked 4th in the nation for voting and Portland ranked 2nd. Join us to hear Kate Brown and Knute Buehler debate issues such as voting, money in politics, business and more.
Kate Brown is currently Oregon’s Secretary of State and she has spent more than 20 years serving the people of Oregon. Before running for public office, Kate practiced family and juvenile law, taught at Portland State University and worked with the Juvenile Rights Project. Kate Brown began her career in public policy working with the Women’s Rights Coalition to pass Family and Medical Leave, making Oregon one of the first states in the nation to allow parents to stay at home with their sick children without fear of losing their jobs.
Dr. Knute Buehler is the Republican Party and Independent Party nominee for Oregon Secretary of State. He is an orthopedic surgeon in Bend, Oregon where he and his wife Patty are raising their two children. He was raised in Roseburg and attended Oregon State University where he played on the school’s baseball team, graduated at the top of his class and became OSU’s first Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Buehler has built a successful medical practice that employs 170 people in Central Oregon and serves on the Board of Directors for St. Charles Medical Center.