The only primary election debate featuring all four Republican and three Democratic candidates for the two state House seats in the legislative district that includes Ahwatukee will be held next Wednesday by the state Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
And the fact that both incumbents in Legislative District 18 – Democrat Denise “Mitzi” Epstein and Republican Jill Norgaard – have confirmed their attendance makes this debate particularly special.
According to the commission, the Republican incumbents in other East Valley legislative districts apparently will be no-shows at their debates despite the fact they face election opposition. There are no Democratic incumbents in districts covering east Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler, where none of the incumbents have indicated they plan to attend commission debates.
The LD 18 debate will start at 6 p.m. July 18 at the Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix South Mountain, 10831 S. 51st St., Ahwatukee.
All seven candidates have committed to attend, according to the commission’s website.
Open to the public, the debate could draw a big crowd and people interested in attending should get there early.
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