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California Counts Poll: What Do You Want To Ask Our US Senate Candidates?


Brooke Ruth | KPBS | California Counts

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is retiring, and KPBS, as part of the multi-station California Counts election collaborative, will host a live debate May 10 at KPBS in San Diego with the top five candidates running to succeed her.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim, Tom Del Beccaro and Ron Unz will answer questions on the economy, immigration, health care, crime and policing.

We'll also be incorporating one question from you, our listeners. We asked you to submit questions last week. And now, it's time to vote. We've tallied up the submissions. Here's your chance to vote on which question we should pose the night of the debate.

Which of these questions should we ask California's U.S. Senate candidates?

Vote here

The poll will close May 2. 

Harris is the California Democratic Party's pick to fill the seat that will be vacated when Boxer retires. Boxer has held the seat for 24 years. Harris favors national climate change legislation, backs immigration reform and supports President Barack Obama's plan for free tuition at community colleges. Orange County Congresswoman Sanchez is also a Democrat. Sanchez describes her platform for the Senate as pro-environment, pro-labor and pro-civil rights. 

Sundheim, a former state GOP chairman and lawyer, backs gay rights, abortion rights and immigration reform. Del Beccaro is also a former state GOP chairman and lawyer. He has said his campaign is focused on California's water issues and prosperity. Newcomer Ron Unz is a Republican entrepreneur, writer and publisher based in the Bay Area. He says his main issue will be preserving Proposition 227, the ban on bilingual education that he sponsored in 1998. 

The debate is part of California Counts, an election coverage initiative by the state’s leading public media newsrooms: KPBS in San Diego, KPCC in Los Angeles, KQED in San Francisco and Capital Public Radio in Sacramento.

The debate will be available on radio, television and online on May 10. Check KPBS's Facebook page around 6 p.m. that night for a special live pre-show.

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