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Corp Comm candidates to debate Sunday in GV

Four Democratic candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission — one of the most powerful elected bodies in the state — will debate Sunday afternoon, moderated by TucsonSentinel.com Editor Dylan Smith.

Taking part in the 90-minute discussion will be Sandra Kennedy, Bill Mundell, Paul Newman and Kiana Sears.

There are two seats up for election this year on the Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities and overseas corporations in the state — including setting renewable energy standards for electricity producers. Voters in August's partisan primaries will be able to cast ballots for up to two candidates for the ACC.

The forum will be held in the Madera Clubhouse Ballroom, 2055 E. Quail Crossing Blvd. Doors will open for the un-ticketed public event at 1 p.m., with the candidates beginning to respond to questions at 1:30 p.m.

Three of the candidates have previous experience serving on the Corporation Commission: Bill Mundell served on the ACC from 1999-2008, Sandra Kennedy served from
2009-2013, and Paul Newman served from 2009-2013. Kiana Sears has worked for the commission's legislative staff, most recently serving as an ACC utility analyst.

Jake Bell, a business analyst and social justice activist who co-founded the Phoenix chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, dropped his campaign for an ACC seat earlier this week.

The forum is co-sponsored by alliance4action, the Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area and the Democratic Club of Quail Creek.

While the wide field of candidates precludes the event from being a formal debate because of time restrictions, the five will be asked to individually weigh in on questions about issues the the next members of the Corporation Commission will face.

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The sponsoring organizations and TucsonSentinel.com have solicited input on potential questions from the public — weigh in here in the comments to discuss what you think the candidates need to address.

Although the sponsoring political groups are submitting topics of interest, the format and questions asked at the forum will be determined solely by TucsonSentinel.com's journalists.

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