Arizona PBS, Arizona Republic to host primetime debate featuring Democratic primary candidates for governor

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Arizona PBS, in partnership with The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, is hosting a live television primary debate between the Democratic candidates for governor of Arizona.

The candidates, state Sen. Steve Farley, Kelly Fryer and David Garcia, will square off in an hourlong debate that will air on Arizona PBS Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. The moderators will be Ted Simons, host of “Arizona Horizon” on Arizona PBS, and Arizona Republic political reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez.

“This will be a great opportunity for viewers and voters to learn more about these three candidates,” Simons said. “It’s also a chance for the candidates to separate themselves and show why they’re best suited to lead the state. I’m looking forward to it.”

Questions for the candidates will be chosen by the moderators and editors of sponsoring organizations.

“We are pleased to partner with AZPBS for this candidate debate and give Arizonans more insight into those running for this important office,” said Kathy Tulumello, news director for The Republic and azcentral.com. “The position is vital to Arizona’s families and communities, because the governor sets the direction of the state on issues like education, economic development and state services.”

A media room will be set aside where credentialed members of the media can view the debate. Audio and video feeds for media will be made available. Candidates may make themselves available for media interviews following the debate. Media check-in will be located on the fifth floor of the Cronkite School building.

Following the debate, the public can view the entire debate on the Arizona PBS website at azpbs.org. The debate also will be livestreamed on azcentral.com and available on the website later.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Arizona PBS Studios, 555 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Studio A, sixth floor of the Cronkite building on the Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix campus. There will be no studio audience for the live debate.

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