Arizona gubernatorial hopefuls discuss education, economy, immigration & minimum wage (VIDEO)

The top contenders for Arizona governor participated in a forum Tuesday evening where each discussed topics, such as education, the economy and immigration.

The forum was held at Central High School and moderated by Univision Anchor Heidi Renpenning and ABC15 Anchor Steve Irvin.

Candidates for Arizona governor, Ken Bennett, Doug Ducey, Fred Duval, Barry Hess, Christine Jones, Frank Riggs, Scotts Smith, and Andrew Thomas all spoke at the forum.

“The July 1 forum kicks off a series of five candidate forums and debates we have scheduled for the coming weeks,” said Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Gonzalo de la Melena, Jr.

The series is co-sponsored by The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Univision Arizona, ABC15, and the Phoenix Union School District. All of the events are free and open to the public.

“The Phoenix Union School District teaches its students the value of civic engagement, and what better example than to invite the public to hear what the top contenders for the highest political office in the state have to say about the society’s most pressing issues,” said Phoenix Union School District Superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner.

The goal of the series is to inform voters about the issues at stake in Arizona’s top political races. A forum for Congressional District 7 candidates is scheduled for late July (date to be announced). The series will culminate this fall with debates in the general election races for Superintendent of Public Instruction, Attorney General and Governor.

Central High School is at 4625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, 85012. The candidate forum will take place in the school’s auditorium. To register for the forum, visit or go directly to the registration page at .

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