be overrun with politicians this weekend, as all the declared candidates for
governor will be in town for the big fisheries debate tomorrow night. And just
for good measure, Alaska's Senators will be visiting too. Lisa Murkowski is on
the re-election trail and Mark Begich is making an appearance at Crab Fest.
incumbent Sean Parnell, seeking his first election to the governor's office,
Republican challengers Ralph Samuels and Bill Walker will be in attendance, as
will Democratic hopefuls Ethan Berkowitz, Hollis French and Bob Poe.
Laine Welch, producer of Fish Radio, says the tradition of the "Goober
Debates," as they've come to be known, started 20 years ago.
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started in 1990 ... to lose their election.")
journalists sharing the stage with Welch will be Margie Bauman and
Stephan, the director of the United Fisherman's Marketing Association in
Kodiak, will be this year's moderator. He says that this year,
candidates will get
to ask other candidates, selected randomly, questions:
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of course nobody ... about the fishing industry.")
Kodiak-only added feature, Welch says there is a new segment called
Frying Pan into the Fire."
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asked the candidates ... the candidates a question.")
the debate's single focus on fisheries issues is designed to make them
about the industry:
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sure it's nerve ... it's jobs, you know, so much.")
Gubernatorial Fisheries Debate will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow
night, at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium, and will be broadcast live
KMXT, and on many Alaska public radio stations.