SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his Republican rival, Dennis Richardson, are preparing to square off in the campaign's first debate.

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his Republican rival, Dennis Richardson, are preparing to square off in the campaign's first debate.

The candidates are scheduled to meet Friday in Salem at a convention for the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

Kitzhaber is a Democrat seeking an unprecedented fourth term. Richardson is a state representative from Central Point.

They'll field questions for 90 minutes from a panel of newspaper editors, publishers and reporters.