Gubernatorial Debate

Written by Geser Bat-Erdene, UAA Student Body President

In accordance with our strategic priorities of service and advocacy, USUAA is thrilled to provide a forum for students, faculty, staff and community members to hear directly from the gubernatorial candidates prior to this important November election. This event is a result of an unbelievable cooperation of many people and organizations who came together to make it happen.

Credit: Joe Nedland
Credit: Joe Nedland

Candidates in this year’s race for Alaska governor are participating in the first true debate-style

format of this election. The event is designed to allow maximum time for the candidates to outline their position on the chosen topic, which is “What role should the Permanent Fund Dividend play in addressing Alaska’s fiscal crisis?” Afterwards, a panel of journalists from the Anchorage Daily News (ADN), moderated by Steve Johnson, director of UAA’s Seawolf Debate program, will question each candidate on their respective position about how the PFD should be managed relative to the State of Alaska’s current fiscal woes.

We encourage you to attend in person on Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium, but as an alternative, this event will be live-streamed by ADN. USUAA would also like to express deep appreciation to the UAA Seawolf Debate Program (Atwood Foundation), Anchorage Daily News, UAA Economics Club and University Advancement.