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Congress candidates to face off in debate

SANTA FE – The four candidates on the ballot for a vacant Albuquerque-area congressional seat will participate in a televised debate that will air Sunday.

Democrat Melanie Stansbury, Republican Mark Moores, Libertarian Chris Manning and independent Aubrey Dunn are running for the 1st Congressional District seat previously held by Deb Haaland.

The seat was vacated when Haaland, a Democrat, resigned in March after being confirmed as U.S. interior secretary.

That prompted Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to schedule a special election for June 1 that will be the first election to fill a vacant New Mexico congressional seat since 1998.

The hourlong Sunday debate hosted by KOAT-TV will air at 4 p.m. and again at 11:30 p.m. The debate stream will also be posted on the Journal’s website – ABQjournal.com – and will be broadcast on KKOB radio.

The prerecorded debate will be moderated by KOAT anchor Doug Fernandez. The panelists for the debate will be KOAT anchor Shelly Ribando, Journal senior editor Kent Walz and KKOB morning show host Bob Clark.

The candidates also appeared in a KOB-TV debate this week, although Dunn was not invited to participate.

Early and absentee voting for the race began Tuesday.


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