ARIZONA NEWS

Katie Hobbs won’t debate Kari Lake, but candidates will appear at 2 forums

Sep 7, 2022, 11:58 AM

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (left, AP Photo) and Republican candidate for governor Kari ...

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (left, AP Photo) and Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake (Facebook Photo/The Kari Lake)

(Facebook Photo/The Kari Lake)

PHOENIX – Democrat Katie Hobbs won’t agree to debate Republican Kari Lake, but Arizona’s gubernatorial candidates have committed to appearing onstage during the same event at least twice before the November election.

The first forum is set for Wednesday evening, but if you haven’t already signed up to attend you won’t be able to watch it. Public registration for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s gubernatorial candidate forum is closed, and it won’t be broadcast or livestreamed.

The hourlong event at the Republic National Distributing Company of Arizona in Phoenix starts at 5:30 p.m. Each candidate will get about 20 minutes of time on stage with moderator Annie Vogt, vice president of communications for the Arizona Chamber.

Lake and Hobbs are also booked to participate in an Oct. 3 town hall at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix as part of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce national convention.

That event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., will be broadcast, but details about how it will air have not been released. Seating at the Herberger Theater Center is limited to 750 guests.

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Ramiro Cavazos and Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Monica Villalobos will also speak during the town hall.

With the midterm general elections about two months away, Hobbs has only agreed to participate in events with Lake where the candidates don’t appear at the same time.

Last week, Hobbs, Arizona’s current secretary of state, turned down an invitation from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission to face Lake in a traditional televised debate on Oct. 12.

Lake, a political newcomer and former local news anchor, says she’ll debate Hobbs at any time and place and even let her write the questions.

Hobbs has suggested having each candidate interviewed separately for 30 minutes by local PBS host Ted Simons, who could ask whatever he wanted. Each candidate would also get one minute for opening and closing remarks under her proposal.

The Clean Elections Commission said Friday it is reviewing Hobbs’ proposal.

Hobbs cited June’s off-the-rails primary debate between the four Republicans vying for their party’s nomination as the reason she won’t debate Lake. The GOP candidates constantly talked over each other and the moderator, leading Lake to say, “I feel like I’m on an ‘SNL’ skit here.”

Video highlights of the GOP debate went viral and were the target of ridicule.

The Clean Elections Commission is sponsoring debates in all contested statewide and legislative races before the Nov. 8 election. The events are televised by Arizona PBS, livestreamed and archived for rewatching.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

A Silver Alert was issued for an 88-year-old man last seen Friday morning in Mesa who has dementia ...

KTAR.com

Silver Alert: 88-year-old man from Mesa missing

A Silver Alert was issued for an 88-year-old man last seen Friday morning in Mesa after being reported missing by his son.

4 hours ago

Old Town Scottsdale sushi and karaoke restaurant Geisha A Go Go is closing its doors Sunday after 1...

KTAR.com

Old Town Scottsdale sushi, karaoke restaurant Geisha A Go Go closing after 17 years

Old Town Scottsdale sushi and karaoke restaurant Geisha A Go Go is closing its doors Sunday after 17 years.

6 hours ago

A Boeing 737 Max suffered damage to parts of the plane's structure after it went into a “Dutch ro...

Associated Press

Plane that did ‘Dutch roll’ on flight from Phoenix suffered structural damage, investigators say

A Boeing 737 Max suffered damage to parts of the plane's structure after it went into a “Dutch roll” during a flight from Phoenix last month.

9 hours ago

Northbound Interstate 17 was closed north of Phoenix due to a vehicle fire on June 14, 2024. (ADOT ...

KTAR.com

Northbound Interstate 17 closed north of Phoenix due to Ironwood Fire

Northbound Interstate 17 was closed north of Phoenix on Friday afternoon due to the Ironwood Fire, authorities said.

10 hours ago

Authorities rescued tubers that got stranded on the Salt River on June 14, 2024. (Salt River Tubing...

KTAR.com

More than 100 people rescued after being stranded on Salt River

Authorities rescued more than 100 people who got stranded on the Salt River on Friday afternoon.

11 hours ago

Aerial view from the north of Glendale's Westgate Entertainment District, with State Farm Stadium i...

Kevin Stone

Glendale adopts 2024/25 budget that boosts investments in West Valley suburb

The Glendale City Council on Tuesday adopted a budget that significantly boosts spending in the West Valley suburb for the coming year.

13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

COLLINS COMFORT MASTERS

Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

Katie Hobbs won’t debate Kari Lake, but candidates will appear at 2 forums