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LD14 debate rescheduled for Dever memorial

Candidates for the state House in Southern Arizona's LD14 will debate Oct. 10 instead of Wednesday night, because of a scheduling conflict with a memorial service for Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.

The LD14 debate will instead be two weeks from the original date at 6 p.m. at the Benson City Council Chambers, 120 W. 6th St.

The debate – originally scheduled for Wednesday – was moved so candidates can attend a public memorial service for Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, who died in a rollover crash last Tuesday. The LD14 debate had been recently added to five scheduled Southern Arizona debates that run through Oct. 10.

Democrats Mark Stonebraker and Pat Fleming will attend the memorial service, said Daniel Ruiz, spokesman for the Clean Elections Commission. The memorial will be held at Buena High School, 5225 E. Buena School Blvd. in Sierra Vista, at 5:30 p.m.

Clean Election candidates are required to attend the debate, Ruiz said, which is why the debate was rescheduled.

“I haven’t received any word that any traditional candidates will attend” the debate, Ruiz said.

The Clean Elections candidate for the state Senate in LD14 is Democrat Pat Fleming. State House candidate Robert Leach and Mark Stonebraker, both Democrats, are also required to attend. None of the GOP incumbents in the district—state Sen. Gail Griffen, and state Reps. David Gowan and David Stevens—are running with Clean Elections funding.

Upcoming debates

LD9 debate 

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  • Oct. 4, 6 p.m.
  • Pima Community College Downtown Campus, North Stone Avenue and Speedway, Amethyst Room
  • State House candidates Cynthia Miley (R), Ethan Orr (R), Mohur Sarah Sidhwa (D), Victoria Steele (D)
  • State Senate candidates Steve Farley (D) and Tyler Mott (R)

LD14 debate 

  • Oct. 10, 6 p.m. 
  • Benson City Council Chambers, 120 W. 6th St. in Benson, Ariz. 
  • State House candidates David Gowan (R), Robert Leach (D), David Stevens (R) and Mark Stonebraker (D)
  • State Senate candidates Pat Fleming (D) and Gail Griffin (R)

LD10 debate

  • Oct. 10, 6 p.m.
  • Pima Community College District Office, 4905 E. Broadway, Community Board Room (C-105)
  • State House candidates: Todd Clodfelter (R), Stefanie Mach (D), Ted Vogt (R), Bruce Wheeler (D)

Legislative District 14 extends east of Tucson to the border of New Mexico on the southeast corner of the state and includes the counties of Cochise, Graham and Greenlee.

The debate will cover issues in economy, education, energy and leadership, Ruiz said. Clean Election candidates, who are funded $21,533 in the primary election, will be answering written questions submitted from the audience and the Arizona Clean Elections Commission. The general election will be on Nov. 6; early voting starts on Oct. 11. 

The debate will be recorded and posted on the Clean Elections website and will be available 72 hours after the debate. A list of the Clean Election candidates can also be found on the website. 

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