The debate times are set, and thus far 3 of the 4 candidates will be at all the debates scheduled for this summer before the primary election on August 24th. Rodney Glassman is the only one who has not confirmed whether he will be in attendance because of what Glassman says is a lack of a “credible” organizer for the debates, in reference to John Dougherty’s invitation.
A series of three debates is scheduled for three of the four candidates running in the Arizona Democratic primary race for the U.S. Senate.
Candidates confirmed to participate include investigative journalist John Dougherty, Scottsdale attorney Randy Parraz and Arizona State University administrator Cathy Eden. A fourth candidate, Rodney Glassman, has not responded to invitations to participate, initially sent June 2 by Dougherty.
The Dougherty, Eden and Parraz campaigns have tentatively set up three debates:
- Friday July 9 in Phoenix on KTVK Channel 3
- Wednesday July 21 on National Public Radio’s Yuma affiliate, KAWC and
- Thursday August 5 on National Public Television-affiliate KUAT in Tucson.
The times and details will be announced soon.
Glassman has not responded to two invitations by Dougherty to debate, but media reports have quoted Glassman saying he was seeking a more suitable “sponsor” for the debates.
According to Channel 3 officials in Phoenix, the 32-year-old Tucson businessman has agreed to participate in the Phoenix debate. He also told a Tucson blogger he would participate.
Glassman, who has substantial personal wealth derived from his family’s agribusiness and fertilizer manufacturing enterprises in Fresno, Calif., has not communicated his decision to his opponents.
Will all four candidates be at the table, or will there be one empty chair at two of the debates?