Monday, June 14, 2010

Candidate debates start this week

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission will begin holding debates for candidates who have chosen to accept campaign funding from the CCEC. Participation in the debates is a condition of accepting the funding.

"Traditional" candidates are invited to the debates, though they are under no obligation to attend. Most choose to do so, especially in races where the traditionally-financed candidate(s) aren't the favorite, such as in the race for the Republican nomination for Governor.

Note: A phone call to Buz Mills' campaign HQ confirmed that he is planning to participate in the debate, as is Matt Jette, the dark horse candidate on the R side of the ballot.

It appears this year that the CCEC debates for statewide candidates won't be open to the public as they will be televised on KAET's Horizon.

The R Governor's candidate debate will air on June 15 (tomorrow) at 7 p.m.

Up next week: the Attorney General debates, with the Republican debate airing June 22 (next Tuesday) and the Democratic debate airing the following evening (both at 7 p.m.)

The complete schedule for statewide candidates can be found here; legislative candidate debate schedule here. Many do *not* have a primary period debate because there is no contest in the primary.

Up this week in legislative debates:


June 14, 2010 (tonight!!)

Republican Candidates Senate and House of Representatives
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Embassy Suite Paradise Valley
4415 E Paradise Village Parkway South
Phoenix, AZ 85032


June 15, 2010

Republican Candidates House of Representatives
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Country Inn and Suites
6650 E Superstition Springs Blvd
Mesa, AZ 85206


June 16, 2010

Republican Senate Candidates
Democrat Candidates House of Representatives
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Holiday Inn Casa Grande
777 N Pinal Ave
Casa Grande, AZ 85122


June 17, 2010

Democrat Candidates House of Representatives
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn
11460 W Hilton Way
Avondale, AZ 85323

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