Each election season, there is an endorsement process. Organizations, groups and causes conduct their endorsement processes differently. Some just hand out endorsements. Some require candidates to answer questions and do interviews.
In recent weeks, the Arizona Daily Star conducted their endorsement interview with four of the six Legislative District 10 candidates: Rep. Kirsten Engel (D) running for Senate against Justine Wadsack (R, not participating in the interview) and Rep. Domingo DeGrazia (D) and challengers Stephanie Stahl Hamilton (D), Michael Hicks (R) and Mabelle Gummere (R, not participating in the interview).
In the before times, these interviews were conducted behind closed doors with only Star personnel and candidates at the newspaper’s office. In the COVID19 era, the Star endorsement interviews were conducted in online forum with constituents and Star staff in the audience. Having even a handful of constituents “in the room,” was a worthwhile addition.
The interview is an hour long. Pop some popcorn, pour your favorite beverage, and watch the video here.
Watch the whole collection of Star endorsement interviews here.
The LD10 Clean Elections Debate will be September 16, 2020. All six candidates are scheduled to participate. The event can be watched live on the Citizens Clean Elections Commission YouTube channel, and all videos are archived there.