The Pima County Young Republican Club is joining with the LD 26 Republican Party to co-sponsor a Republican candidate debate for the CD 8 Special Primary Election.
Where: Canyon Del Oro High School
25 W Calle Concordia,
Oro Valley, AZ 85704
When: Monday, March 26, 2012, 7:00 PM (doors open at 6 p.m. auditorium seats 650 people)
KVOI 1030 AM “the Voice” Radio Network will be simulcasting the debate live.
After injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords resigned from her CD 8 House seat, several candidates announced. 4 Republicans, one Democrat and one Green are now officially running in the special election to fill this vacancy. The Primary is set for April 17, the general election for June 12, to fill the remainder of the term through December 2012.
Who are scheduled to debate on March 26:
Frank Antenori, current LD 30 State Senator & former LD 30 House Rep., ran for this CD 8 seat in the Republican primary of 2006 (lost to Randy Graf, former LD 30 House Rep.), former Green Beret; www.antenori.com.
Jesse Kelly, ran unsuccessfully against Giffords for this seat in Nov. 2010 after prevailing in a 4-way August primary, project manager for family construction business, former Marine; votejessekelly.com.
Martha McSally, former U.S. Air Force Colonel (first woman pilot to fly in combat), former Professor of National Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany, political newcomer; mcsallyforcongress.com.
Dave Sitton, sports broadcaster, Marketing Director UA Cancer Center, political newcomer; davesitton.com.
Attend this debate to hear from the four Republican candidates for Congress in CD 8, one of whom will challenge Democrat Ron Barber (former District Director for Congresswoman Giffords since 2007, who was also shot on 1/8/11 along with Giffords), and Green Party candidate Charlie Manolakis, a community activist, in the June 12 General.
The special election primary for this race is set for Tuesday, April 17, and early voting began on March 22.
These same candidates debated at Sabino HS on March 15 (click here), and note my comments under that blog.
And if you want to participate in an online straw poll by fellow blogger Art Jacobson (“The Data Port”), with 821 votes so far and Senator Antenori leading with 35%, click here.