California District 1 Senator Brian Dahle, a Lassen County farmer, former member of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors and the California Assembly, got his wish to debate Governor Gavin Newsom when Newsom accepted his challenge earlier this week.
Dahle, a Republican, acknowledged his uphill battle in the mostly blue state against the incumbent Democrat, but he urged everyone to get out and vote.
The two square off at KQED at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. The debate will be aired l p.m. on KQED Public Radio 88.5, with a live video stream for digital audiences. Listeners may submit questions.
A recorded television broadcast will air at 6 p.m. on KQED 9. Both the radio and television broadcasts will be made available to any station interested in simulcasting the debate.
According to KQED, staffers Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos will question the candidates in a conversational format without strict time limits on answers.
“This election, like every election, is a critical moment for the state, and Californians deserve to hear straight from the gubernatorial candidates themselves their visions for the future,” said Ethan Toven-Lindsey, KQED’s vice president of news. “KQED is honored and excited that Senator Dahle and Governor Newsom have agreed to talk with our journalists in this important conversation.”