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Sumitted by Scott Heyworth
Anchorage, AK
Feb 23, 2002

Kodiak -- Five gubernatorial candidates will debate fisheries issues April 2 in Kodiak as part of ComFish Alaska, the state's biggest industry trade show and the only one held in a major fishing port.

Participating candidates so far include Democrats Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer and Nels Anderson Jr. Republican candidates include U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, Wayne Anthony Ross and John Wayne Glotfelty, vice chairman of the Alaska Independence Party.

It's the third time since 1994 that a gubernatorial fisheries debate has occurred on Kodiak Island during ComFish. It typically marks the first time the candidates for governor gather together during the election year. Most important, the event provides an early and important first glimpse about how knowledgeable Alaska's next governor is about the seafood industry.

"For some reason, many people have a hard time wrapping their minds around the fact that the fishing industry is about Alaskan families -- Alaskan jobs -- Alaskan coastal communities; Alaskan general fund revenues," said Kodiak fisherman Lacey Berns. "Which leader will emerge to defend and assist the thousands of Alaskans who make their living from the sea?"

The event will be broadcast live statewide from 7 to 9 p.m. via the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Scott Heyworth is a democratic Lt Governor candidate and has spearheaded the All-Alaska Gas Pipeling

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