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Conservative group plans social issues debate between GOP Senate candidates

Nathaniel Herz

A conservative public policy group announced Wednesday morning it has scheduled a debate on social issues next month for the three candidates in the Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Mark Begich.

The Alaska Family Council says Joe Miller, Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan have confirmed their participation in the debate, which will be held at noon Aug. 4 at Community Covenant Church in Eagle River.

The event “will be a unique opportunity for Alaskans to hear where each candidate stands on issues related to the sanctity of life, marriage, religious liberty, school choice and parental rights,” the group said in an email.

The debate will be moderated by Tom Minnery, president and CEO of Citizen Link, a sister organization of the national conservative Christian group Focus on the Family. Minnery’s second cousin Jim Minnery is the Alaska Family Council’s president.