“I don’t think there’s been any other public forum where the public can hear all the candidates together,” said Chamber Executive Director Trevor Brown. “They can hear individual candidates at different events, but this is the only one where they can hear all four speaking at the same time. Then the primary election is on Aug. 19, so it gives them a week to think about the candidates before voting.”
The Chamber has 10 questions lined up that they’re working on ranking in order of importance. All of them may not get asked due to time constraints.
The Chamber will not be taking questions from the audience, but they did take community input while creating the list.
The Chamber does not release the list ahead of time, but Brown said the questions would be based on topics that are issues in the state right now, and mentioned fishing, reduction in state revenues and ballot measure one as some of those issues.
Former borough mayor Jerome Selby will be moderating the debate.
All of the candidates will give a two-minute opening statement. Then, the candidates will answer the Chamber’s questions for about 40 minutes. After that, each candidate will have the chance to ask a question of all the other candidates. Finally, each candidate will be able to give a two-minute closing statement.
The debate will take place at 7 p.m. in the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly chambers, located on Upper Mill Bay Road.
It’s expected to last 90 minutes and will be aired live on KMXT-FM 100.1 for people who can’t make it to the debate.
At the primary election on Aug. 19, voters will choose the Republican candidate for State House district 32 and vote on Ballot Measure 1, the oil tax referendum.
The Chamber of Commerce has several other debates scheduled for the next two months: a gubernatorial debate, a local election debate and a senatorial debate.
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