Flagstaff residents will get two chances in the next week and a half to see the Republicans and Democrats vying for the Senate and House seats in the newly-formed Legislative District 6 debate each other.
The first debate will take place Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Radisson Woodlands Hotel, organized by the Arizona Clean Elections commission.
Four of the six candidates are publicly financed candidates, and they are required to attend the debate as part of their participation in the program.
Senate candidates Tom Chabin and Chester Crandell, as well as House candidates Douglas Ballard and Robert Thorpe, have agreed not to accept contributions from political action committees or from private corporations in order to get public financing.
Republican Brenda Barton and Democrat Angela Lefevre are financing their campaigns through traditional methods, but both have agreed to participate in the Oct. 2 debate.
The debate at the Flagstaff Radisson starts at 6:30 p.m.
Another debate, set for Oct. 11, will focus on health care issues.
All six candidates have agreed to participate in the forum organized by North Country Healthcare.
Mitch Strohman has agreed to moderate the debate, to be held at the health care agency's Fourth Street campus.
CAMPAIGN SIGNS STOLEN
House candidate Robert Thorpe has filed police reports complaining someone is stealing his campaign signs.
Thorpe said he is aware of about 17 campaign signs that have gone missing over the last few weeks.
The Republican House candidate estimates the signs are worth $850 in total.
Thorpe believes he is being targeted, noting his signs were taken when other nearby political signs have been left untouched.
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