Gov. Parnell, five opponents aim to catch fishery votes
May 24, 2010
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"
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