THEIR WORDS: Those who want to be governor answer for rural matters

Those who want to be Oregon's next governor say they will pay attention to rural areas and issues in the state. (The Enterprise/file)

Rural Oregon would get a lot more attention from Salem based on positions staked out by those running for governor.

Every candidate running was invited to address questions on key issues facing the state. Journalists across the state drafted the following 15 questions, which were distributed to candidates by the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon.

This is part of an unprecedented collaboration among newsrooms to provide voters better information about those who would be governor. The primary election is May 17 and voting is underway now with Oregon’s vote-by-mail system.

Responses are in the candidates’ own words and have been trimmed at the 300 . . .