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Democratic secretary of state candidates Bolding, Fontes to debate Saturday

Reginald Bolding and Adrian Fontes, the two Democratic candidates for Arizona's secretary of state, will go head-to-head at a forum moderated by Tucson Sentinel Editor Dylan Smith on Saturday, May 28.

The free public forum, featuring the candidates responding to questions about their approach to issues important to Southern Arizona voters, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Madera Clubhouse ballroom, 2055 E. Quail Crossing Blvd., in Quail Creek, east of Sahuarita.

The debate is co-sponsored by Democrats in Action 2022, Quail Creek Democratic Club, LD 19 and LD 21 Democrats, and the Green Valley Democrats.

Bolding is a special education math teacher, and is the minority leader in the Arizona House of Representatives. He was first elected in 2014.

Fontes, a Marine veteran and former prosecutor, was elected as Maricopa County recorder in 2016, but lost a reelection bid in 2020.

The Democrats are vying in the August primary election to determine who will run in the November general election to serve in one of the top elected offices in the state of Arizona. The Secretary of State's Office coordinates election administration throughout the state, registers trademarks, and records partnership filings, liens and other business documents.

The sponsoring organizations and TucsonSentinel.com have solicited input on potential questions from the public — weigh in here in the comments, over on Facebook, or email editor@tucsonsentinel.com 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. The discussion will be videotaped and posted online after the event.

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Adrian Fontes, left, and Reginald Bolding