Ducey and DuVal set for 1st debate Wednesday

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal are set to debate for the first time Wednesday as they seek to replace Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

The debate at the Chandler Center for the Arts will focus on economic development issues and will be televised after President Barack Obama's 6 p.m. address on KPNX-TV.

Ducey wants to reform the state's tax code, use his business experience to personally recruit new companies to Arizona, eliminate unneeded regulations and overhaul lawsuit rules.

DuVal also want to cut state regulations, says he'll order his cabinet to focus on job creation and partner with colleges and businesses to produce job-ready graduates. He also wants to boost tourism and help veterans and the unemployed find work.

The candidates have committed to four additional debates in the coming weeks.

Brewer, a Republican, offered this bit of advice to the candidates Wednesday afternoon: "Don't pause."

Brewer's comment was a reference to a famous moment during a debate with Democrat Terry Goddard during her 2010 bid for re-election when she lost her train of thought and went silent for agonizing moments.

"Don't listen to what the other person is saying and just concentrate of course on what your message is," she explained. "That was one of the issues that night. I was listening because I was going respond to Terry and rip him, and there were so many things I wanted to rip him on I had to think about it. So there you go."

Brewer, who is supporting Ducey, said she wanted the candidates to explain their views on issues she has championed.

"I would like to hear about their proposals on Medicaid, certainly on College and Career Ready, our education, and certainly on behavior health and Department of Child Safety," Brewer told reporters. "All those things are a top priority with me on which I have worked hard. And I want the public to know where these people stand so that they can make their decision."

DuVal, 60, served as a top aide and adviser to Bruce Babbitt both during Babbitt's terms as Arizona governor in the late 1970s and the 1980s and his unsuccessful campaign for the 1988 Democratic nomination for president. He served in President Bill Clinton's administration and was appointed by then-Gov. Janet Napolitano to the Board of Regents. The Tucson native also worked in private business.

Ducey, 50, helped launch Cold Stone Creamery in Arizona and built it into a well-known chain before selling the company in 2007 and getting into politics. He was elected as state treasurer in 2010 and touts his opposition to a permanent sales tax increase voters rejected in 2012.

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal are set to debate for the first time this week as they seek to replace Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

Wednesday's debate at the Chandler Center for the Arts will focus on economic development issues. It will be televised at 6 p.m. on KPNX-TV.

Ducey wants to reform the state's tax code, use his business experience to personally recruit new companies to Arizona, eliminate unneeded regulations and overhaul lawsuit rules.

DuVal also want to cut state regulations, says he'll order his cabinet to focus on job creation and partner with colleges and businesses to produce job-ready graduates. He also wants to boost tourism and help veterans and the unemployed find work.

The candidates have committed to four additional debates in the coming weeks.