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Republican gubernatorial candidate, Kevin Faulconer, left, answers a question during a debate with challengers Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, R-Rocklin, center, and businessman John Cox, right, held in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021.
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli
As California recall election ballots start arriving in voter mailboxes, three candidates vying to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom met in Sacramento on Tuesday night to debate.
Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox and state Assembly member Kevin Kiley debated at the historic Guild Theater in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood on Tuesday night. The event, hosted by the Sacramento Press Club, was recorded by CapRadio and can be listened to now (click “play” above).
Moderators Vicki Gonzalez of CapRadio and Lara Korte and Sophia Bollag of The Sacramento Bee asked questions focusing on four different issues: the pandemic response, wildfires, housing and homelessness and the economy.
Republican candidate Larry Elder declined the Press Club’s invitation to participate. Republican candidate Caitlyn Jenner did not respond. And Governor Newsom also declined to participate.
Former Congressmember Doug Ose agreed to join the debate, but suffered a heart attack on Sunday and has since ended his campaign for governor.
Each candidate was allowed a minute-long opening and closing statement, plus 60 seconds to respond to moderator questions. If a candidate was directly mentioned or criticized during another candidate’s answer, they possibly were allowed 30 seconds to respond at the moderator’s discretion.
Find more about California’s recall election here.