EUGENE, Ore. - If you vote in Oregon, you've got a job to do: hire a new governor. What questions would you like to ask the candidates applying for the job?
KVAL News plans to interview the two major party candidates - John Kitzhaber and Chris Dudley - while also looking at the impact of minor party candidates on the race, both this year and in recent history.
You can help by sharing the questions you want answered by the candidates for governor.
So what is the job description for the governor of Oregon? The Oregon State Archives sums it up:
"The Oregon Constitution was ratified in 1857 and provided for an elected governor. The governor's term was set at four years and no governor could serve more than eight out of any twelve consecutive years. The duties of the territorial governor were retained in the constitution. The first state governor, John Whiteaker, was elected June 7, 1858, nearly nine months before he took office on March 3, 1859.
"The Governor of the State of Oregon has retained the powers and duties granted at the time of statehood. These powers and duties include the drafting and recommending of a budget to the legislative Assembly, initiating planning for future state activities, and serving as the focal point for coordination of federal and local governments. The governor is also the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.
"The governor may call legislative special sessions and may veto single items or emergency clauses on legislative bills. The governor may grant reprieves, commutations, and pardons and serves as chairperson of the State land Board.
"In case of vacancy or disability, determined in accordance with statutory provisions, the Office of the Governor respectively passes to the Secretary of State, State Treasurer, President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House."
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