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Sharp questioning from youth pin back Oregon gubernatorial candidates

State Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, and Gov. Kate Brown debate in Portland Tuesday night. Independent candidate Patrick Starnes also participated. (Jaime Valdez/Portland Tribune)

PORTLAND -- The most challenging force facing gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler in his first debate wasn’t incumbent Gov. Kate Brown. It was Rose Lawrence, a 15-year-old from Portland.

Lawrence took the stage at her Roosevelt High School Tuesday night after several other youth questioners. They each had appeared satisfied with the answers they received from Buehler, Brown and independent candidate Patrick Starnes.

Lawrence wasn’t.

She asked what the candidates would do to curb bullying of LGBTQ youth in schools. The candidates answered. She asked again.

Brown described being treated poorly as a bi-sexual woman. She talked about her “safe and secure” schools initiative, now being used . . .