The Bend Chamber hosted the event that included KBND'S Kelly Bleyer as one of the moderators.
The debate started with opening statements.
First, Tony Debone.
"My priorites are jobs and the economy and cost effective government as well as protecting our natural resources. I'm open and honest and I'm a family man. I'm a smal business owner with a high tech background. I've produced effective and proven leadership."
His democratic challenger, Jodie Barram is currently on the Bend City Council and wants to help run the county.
"I'm asking you to elect me because we need a commissioner who represents the whole county and is willing to lead giving full time attention to serving you. I've lived in Terrebonne, Redmond, Bend and Sunriver so I understand the diversity. I served first on the Planning Commission and then city council where I've been elected Mayor Pro Tem two times, recognizing my collaborative leadership style."
The canddiates also discussed the importance of OSU Cascades, funding for mental health and how they would manage smart growth.
On the issue of OSU Cascades, Councilor Barram has been critical of the county not doing enough.
"I think the county could have shown stronger leadership through partnerships with cities. And not just with OSU Cascades but COCC which has a new technology center in Redmond. Funding opportunities for higher education are going to be critical."
Incumbent Commissioner Tony DeBone believes the commission was prudent with the county's money when it comes to OSU Cascades.
"As commissioners we did have the chance to open the people's pocketbook for the philanthropy funds. But we know with the site at the Simpson roundabout, the county is going to deal with this for many years."
When asked what would surprise people to know about them, Councilor Barram says she has five tattoos and Commissioner DeBone admits he cuts and bales hay, driving a tractor once a year for fun.