Here is what you need to know about everyone running for governor in Arizona this year.
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Debates in school superintendent, Arizona Corporation Commission races also scheduled in August

The three Democratic Party candidates for governor will meet tonight in a debate hosted by The Arizona Republic /, Arizona PBS and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

All three candidates — State Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, Kelly Fryer and David Garcia — are scheduled to attend.

There will not be a corresponding GOP debate. Gov. Doug Ducey has refused to debate his challenger, former Secretary of State and Senate President Ken Bennett.

The hour-long debate among the Democratic candidates is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. It will be broadcast on Arizona PBS and live streamed on Republic reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ted Simons, host of KAET-TV, Channel 8’s “Arizona Horizon,” the nightly public affairs program, will moderate.

The primary is Aug. 28. Early voting begins Wednesday, the day after the debate.

Ducey refuses to debate Bennett

On the Republican side, Ducey said he would refuse to debate Bennett after Bennett pledged on Twitter that, if elected, he would not appoint Cindy McCain to her husband’s U.S. Senate seat should it become open.

Ducey has referred to Bennett’s comments as “indecent” and “embarrassing.”

Sen. John McCain was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer a year ago. Should he die before his term is complete, the Arizona governor would appoint a successor. Ducey has refused to speculate on whom he might appoint, pointing out that the seat is not vacant.

Bennett announced he would be running as a Clean Elections candidate, meaning he would be financed with public money once he collects the required amount of $5 donations from qualified donors. As of his last campaign finance report, Bennett was short of that goal.

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Should he qualify, Bennett would be required to attend a Clean Elections gubernatorial debate on Wednesday that would be broadcast on Channel 8. Since Ducey has refused to attend, it would be an interview with Simons on Arizona Horizon.

The three Democratic candidates, meanwhile, have participated in a handful of forums around the state over the past two months.

Two days after The Republic and Arizona PBS debate, the three are scheduled to meet again for the debate sponsored by the Clean Elections Commission. That hour-long debate, moderated by Simons, also will be broadcast on Channel 8.

How to watch: The Republic and Arizona PBS debate will air at 7 p.m. on Tuesdayon KAET-TV, Channel 8. It will re-air at 2 a.m. Thursday. The debate will also be streamed live on


The Arizona Republic’s politics team talks with David Garcia about his campaign and Arizona’s upcoming election for governor.
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Other debates scheduled in August

Candidates for other statewide offices will debate on in August.

Republican candidates for Arizona school superintendent will debate starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. All five candidates — Bob Branch, Diane Douglas, Jonathan Gelbart, Tracy Livingston and Frank Riggs — have committed to attend.

Democratic candidates for Arizona school superintendent will debate starting at 7 p.m. Thursday. Candidates Kathy Hoffman and David Schapira have committed to attend.

The debates also will be live on’s Facebook page.

Arizona Corporation Commission candidates will debate later in the month.

The Republican candidate debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 14. Candidates who have agreed to participate include Rodney Glassman, James “Jim” O’Connor, current commissioner Justin Olson and Eric Sloan.

Commission chairman Tom Forese declined an invitation to debate.

The Democratic candidate debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 15. On the ballot are Sandra Kennedy, William “Bill” Mundell and Kiana Maria Sears.



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