Kodiak Daily Mirror - Chamber firming up fall debate schedule
Chamber firming up fall debate schedule
by Peter J Mladineo
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Bill Walker
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The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce said Monday it was preparing a debates schedule for candidates for local, state and national offices that could see the first candidates hitting the stage in early August.

First up should be a pre-primary debate for the Alaska House of Representatives District 32 in early August.

Kodiak, now part of District 35, will join Cordova, Seldovia, Tyonek and other Gulf of Alaska coastal communities in District 32 when redistricting takes effect for the 2015 legislative session.

The candidates running for Alan Austerman’s state House seat are City Councilmember Rich Walker, Borough Assembly Member Carol Austerman (the state representative’s daughter) and former Assembly Member Louise Stutes.

Brown told the Mirror the chamber had not discussed possible debate dates with the candidates.

“It would probably be the first or second week of August. Normally we’ve always done those on a Tuesday or Wednesday night,” Brown added.

A gubernatorial debate is slated for August 28. Republican Governor Sean Parnell, Democratic challenger Bryan Mallott and Independent challenger Bill Walker have already committed to the debate.

A fisheries debate is likely for October 1, featuring U.S. Senate seat, including incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Begich and either Dan Sullivan, Mead Treadwell or Joe Miller. A pre-primary debate slotted for May was scuttled when candidates could not commit to a debate in May. The primary election is August 19.

“Sen. Begich said he could do it then,” Brown said. “We would just need to wait till after the primary what their availability was for that date,” he said.

They are planning a U.S. House of Representatives debate on October 1 as well. This will feature incumbent Republican Representative Don Young and Democratic challenger Forrest Dunbar, although organizers have not yet contacted the candidates.

There would also be a local debate for the assembly, council and school board towards the end of October.

“As long as there’s an actual contested seat we’ll do it,” Brown added.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4.

Contact Peter J. Mladineo at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com

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