Citizen Staff Report
All 10 candidates for Arizona governor will participate in a forum here Aug. 20 co-sponsored by the Goldwater Institute of Phoenix and the Tucson Citizen.
The forum is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Marriott University Park hotel, 880 E. Second St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Four Democrats, three Republicans and two Libertarians and an independent are running to succeed Gov. Jane Hull.
"Our mission is to inform and educate the public," said Michael Chihak, editor and publisher of the Tucson Citizen. "This will be a good opportunity to do that."
The Citizen has sponsored such events in the past, but the gubernatorial forum will mark a first for the Goldwater Institute, a Phoenix-based public policy think tank.
"Democracy works best when people are informed of the issues," said Tom Jenney of the Institute.
The institute sought a Tucson location for the event.
"Tucson is the second city of Arizona," Jenney said, "but there is a tendency to give Tucson short shrift in political matters."
Holding the forum in Tucson would at least temporarily make the city the focal point for politics in the state, he said.
Attorney General Janet Napolitano, former state lawmaker Alfredo Gutierrez, Tucson physician and attorney Mark Osterloh and Mike Newcomb, a Cave Creek physician, will face off in the Sept. 10 primary to represent the party in the Nov. 5 general election.
Former congressman Matt Salmon, Secretary of State Betsey Bayless and state Treasurer Carol Springer are competing for the Republican Party nomination.
Former Secretary of State Richard Mahoney is running as an independent candidate.
Libertarians Gary Fallon, director of technology services at a Phoenix research company, and Barry Hess, a Phoenix small businessman, also are running.
Forum panelists will be Tom Patterson, chairman of the Goldwater Institute; Mark Kimble, Citizen associate editor; C.T. Revere, Citizen political reporter; and Mary Jo Waits, associate director of the Morrison Institute.
The Goldwater Institute was established in 1988 on principles drawn from the public career of late U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona.
The Morrison Institute is a public policy research and education organization founded in 1982 and affiliated with Arizona State University's School of Public Affairs.