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Congressional candidates agree to first formal debate
Congressional candidates agree to first formal debate

Sacramento, CA – Congressional candidates Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, and his Democratic challenger, Ami Bera, an Elk Grove doctor, have agreed to participate in a live debate at News 10 studios on Tuesday, Sept. 25.  It will be sponsored by The Sacramento Bee, News10 and Capital Public Radio, and will be the first formal debate between the candidates.

Each media outlet plans to stream the debate live at 3 p.m. on their individual websites. The next day, The Bee will publish a story in its Wednesday newspaper; News10 will air the debate at 9 a.m. and Capital Public Radio will broadcast it at 10 a.m. on “Insight.”

The 7th Congressional District is considered one of the most competitive and closely watched House races in the nation, with national party organizations and other outside groups expected to contribute substantially to their respective candidates. Lungren and Bera faced off 2 years ago, but never met in a formal debate.

“That’s why,” The Bee’s Publisher and President Cheryl Dell said, “this is such an important election for us locally. The newly redrawn district includes so much of our readership area that we feel it is important for voters to hear from the candidates themselves on the issues that matter in the region.”

The hour long debate will feature panelists from the 3 media organizations: John Myers, political editor with News 10 serving as moderator; Marianne Russ, senior reporter with Capital Public Radio and Dan Smith, The Bee’s Capitol Bureau chief.

Candidates will field questions from the panel and will have a chance to pose a question to their opponent. Some of the questions from the panel will be from readers, listeners and viewers. “Capital Public Radio is committed to providing information voters need to make informed decisions in this important election. We’re proud to take part in this debate about the future of our region, said Capital Public Radio’s President and General Manager Rick Eytcheson.

In commenting on the Sept. 25 debate Lungren said, “I look forward to the opportunity to discuss the many critical issues facing our region and nation. It’s important for voters to see and hear that they have clear choices in this election.”

For Bera, “This debate will be about the values and leadership that are missing in Congress. I am running because fixing the broken system in Washington, D.C., requires real leadership that puts the people’s interests first.”


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