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Sullivan Refuses To Address Young Voters in Youth Forum

Begich Shares Stage with Mark Fish and Ted Gianoutsos


ANCHORAGE- Dan Sullivan’s glaring absence was noted by 800 Alaska students during a live broadcast forum in Anchorage featuring Senator Mark Begich, Libertarian candidate Mark Fish and independent candidate Ted Gianoutsos. The forum was hosted by the Anchorage School District and League of Women Voters.

This is Sullivan’s third absence from a debate during the general election. He has refused invites from the Alaska Dispatch News, KTVA Channel 11, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Alaska Native Brotherhood.

“Dan Sullivan continues to avoid taking questions from Alaskans and he’s now refused to participate in forums hosted by Alaska students, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the state’s largest newspaper. Sullivan believes Outside groups can buy him a U.S. Senate seat with attack ads, dark money and hundreds of thousands of dollars from Sullivan’s Ohio-based parents,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

Mark Begich committed to a second live radio debate this week on KENI radio hosted by Mike Porcaro, both Dan Sullivan and Mark Fish have been invited to participate. Begich also committed to a live radio debate with Bob and Mark on KWHL. Neither show has heard back from Sullivan.

Mark Begich continues to hold public events across Alaska and will participate in 7 debates and forums, with or without Sullivan, from now until the November 4 election.

Sullivan also made headlines across the state for refusing to participate in the Kodiak fish debate, an Alaska tradition, only to cave after mounting pressure. The move was referred to as a “Senate candidate from Iowa, say, skipping a debate on corn.”

Sullivan continues to dodge simple questions from Alaskans. His recent inability to explain the millions of dollars the Koch brothers are using to support him caused Sullivan’s staff to pull him from an interview with Alaska’s largest TV station.

Begich Forum and Debate Schedule

TBD- Live KWHL Radio Debate on Bob and Mark Show


Tuesday, October 21, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum



Thursday, October 23, Resource Development Council Candidate Forum



Friday, October 24, Alaska Federation of Native Candidate Forum



Sunday, October 26, KTVA Ch. 11 and Alaska Dispatch Debate

(Anchorage) CANCELLED


Monday, October 27, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum



Tuesday, October 28, Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Forum



Wednesday, October 29, KTUU Channel 2 Debate



Thursday, October 30, Debate for the State - Alaska Public Media