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Powertalk radio to broadcast live debate for 31st Assembly candidates

Candidates for Assembly District 31 (from left) Democrats Joaquin Arambula and Ted Miller, and Republican Clint Olivier.
Candidates for Assembly District 31 (from left) Democrats Joaquin Arambula and Ted Miller, and Republican Clint Olivier. Fresno Bee file

The three candidates running for the open 31st Assembly District seat will take part in a broadcast debate on Wednesday in Fresno.

The event will be held at Pardini’s Catering and Banquets, 2257 W. Shaw Ave., from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited, and the doors open at 3:30.

Taking part will be Democrats Joaquin Arambula and Ted Miller and Republican Clint Olivier.

Among the topics to be covered are water and agriculture, the high-speed rail project and education.

The debate will be moderated by Trevor Carey, afternoon host for Powertalk 96.7 FM and AM 1400. The event will be broadcast live on those stations.

Joining Carey will be The Bee’s political reporter John Ellis and opinion page editor Bill McEwen.

Arambula is an emergency-room physician from Kingsburg, while Miller is a Caruthers engineer. Olivier is a member of the Fresno City Council.

The three are vying in a special election on April 5 to replace Democrat Henry T. Perea, who stepped down late last year for a job with a pharmaceutical lobbying firm in Sacramento.

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