Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley and Republican rival Monica Wehby have agreed to their first joint televised appearance of the campaign, in Medford.

They have accepted an invitation to appear from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, on Medford TV station KOBI.

It is the same time slot that Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and Republican rival Dennis Richardson will appear on Portland TV station KGW. That appearance is cosponsored by The Oregonian.

Merkley also has accepted an invitation by KGW. Wehby hasn’t confirmed, but the campaigns are saying they are trying to set a date.

Minor-party candidates in the Senate race are: James Leuenberger of Lake Oswego, Constitution Party; Christina Jean Lugo of Oregon City, Pacific Green Party, and Mike Montchalin of Pendleton, Libertarian Party.

They are unlikely to be on the Senate telecasts.

The Kitzhaber-Richardson appearance on KGW had been scheduled a day earlier, on Oct. 13, before the change to the following day.

They already have two other public appearances scheduled: Sept. 26 in Sunriver at the Oregon Association of Broadcasters conference, on Bend TV station KTVZ, and Sept. 27 in Eugene at the League of Oregon Cities conference, on Eugene TV station KVAL.

The latter forum will include the three minor-party candidates for governor: Aaron Auer of Aurora, Constitution Party; Paul Grad of Cave Junction, Libertarian Party, and Jason Levin of Portland, Pacific Green Party.

At the league forum, all candidates will respond to the same set of questions submitted to them in advance. Except for opening and closing statements, there will be no interchange among them.

The Kitzhaber and Richardson camps are still negotiating dates and times for appearances on Medford TV and the City Club of Portland.

Kitzhaber and Richardson will appear together at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at the offices of the Portland Tribune/Pamplin Media Group.

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