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Candidates for Alaska Governor "talk fish" at Kodiak debate
Gov. Parnell, five opponents aim to catch fishery votes


May 24, 2010

Kodiak, Alaska - Six candidates for Alaska governor will take part in a unique debate in Kodiak on Friday that focuses on a single topic: Alaska's seafood industry.

Incumbent Governor Sean Parnell faces stiff competition from five opponents who hope to dethrone him from the seat he took over last summer. Joining him on the Kodiak stage are fellow Republicans Ralph Samuels and Bill Walker, and Democrats Ethan Berkowitz, Hollis French and Bob Poe.

Since 1990 Kodiak has hosted fisheries debates for candidates vying both for Alaska governor and U.S. Congress. The event has always attracted 100% participation by candidates. In fact, anyone who has skipped the fish debate has not won their election.

The big hook is that the 2-hour event is broadcast live to more than 330 Alaska communities via host station KMXT and the Alaska Public Radio Network. It also will be streamed live on the internet by KMXT.

"The fishing industry is Alaska's biggest employer, and it produces over 60% of our nation's wild caught seafood," said Debra King, director of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event. "The fisheries debate lets candidates share their knowledge and ideas about this vital industry to a statewide audience."

The fisheries debate usually coincides with Kodiak's ComFish Trade Show in April, but this year it conflicted with the end of the legislative session. It made sense to move the candidates' debate to another annual Chamber event - Crab Festival, which takes place over the long Memorial Day holiday.

The famous fisheries debate is set for Friday, May 28th from 7-9 p.m. at the Kodiak High School auditorium. Immediately after the live radio broadcast, all candidates are invited to take questions from the audience in a half-hour "from the frying pan into the fire" session.
Industry sponsors for the governor candidates' debate include: Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, Trident Seafoods, Alaska Scallop Association, Marine Conservation Alliance and the Kodiak Island Borough.


On the Web:

Friday, May 28th from 7-9 p.m.

This 2-hour debate will be broadcast live via host station KMXT and the Alaska Public Radio Network -- go to to hear the live debate.



Source of News:

Kodiak Chamber of Commerce


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