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By Dan Rudy 

Wrangell hosts House debate ahead of election


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Rep. Dan Ortiz converses with local fisherman Gig Decker after last week's debate. Decker was one of nine audience members who had time for questions during KSTK's hour-long format.

As the year's campaign season nears its close on Tuesday, candidates for House District 36 came to Wrangell to participate in a public debate last week.

Held at City Hall on October 26, the forum was hosted by public radio station KSTK. Independent incumbent Rep. Dan Ortiz met with Republican challenger Bob Sivertsen. Constitution Party candidate Kenneth Shaw was also invited to the debate, but was unable to attend. All three candidates are from Ketchikan.

Speakers were given two minutes each for opening statements, as well as for responding to audience questions. In the time allotted, nine...

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