Watch: Alaska candidates for governor in the Debate for the State

Alaska’s gubernatorial candidates participated in their one and only televised debate this election cycle on Wednesday evening.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy debated independent former Gov. Bill Walker, Democratic former state legislator Les Gara, and Republican former Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce.

The four candidates for governor have all shared a stage only once this cycle. That was last week at a Resource Development Council forum in Anchorage.

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The televised debate was part of Debate for the State 2022, a partnership between Alaska Public Media, Alaska’s News Source and KTOO. Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media’s news director, will moderate the debate alongside Alaska’s News Source managing editor and anchor Mike Ross.

The series will continue when U.S. House candidates meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. U.S. Senate candidates will debate Thursday, Oct. 27, also at 7 p.m.

The debates will be broadcast live statewide on KTUU, KAKM and KTOO 360TV. The debates will also air on Alaska Public Media — KSKA — and the Alaska Public Radio Network. The debates will be streamed online on Alaska Public Media’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Sean Maguire

Sean Maguire is a politics and general assignment reporter for the Anchorage Daily News based in Juneau. He previously reported from Juneau for Alaska's News Source. Contact him at