The Final Four Gubernatorial Forum in Phoenix was co-sponsored by News 5 and the Goldwater Institute. The forum featured Barry Hess (L), Janet Napolitano (D), Richard Mahoney (I) and Matt Salmon (R). During the televised forum, candidates answered a series of questions delivered by Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen. Candidates then fielded audience questions.
The forum took place Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix.
"Leading candidates for Arizona governor came out swinging Wednesday evening, exchanging jabs during the last scheduled joint appearance of the general election campaign."
--AP Newswire reporter Paul Davenport.
"Closing but still trailing in recent polls, Republican Matt Salmon got aggressive with Democrat Attorney General Janet Napolitano from the opening bell of the final gubernatorial debate Wednesday night."
--Arizona Republic reporter Robbie Sherwood
"Had liquor been served, the swanky hotel could have been the scene of a riot, as loyalties and passions ran high."
--East Valley Tribune columnist Becky Fenger