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U.S. Senate Candidates to Debate Live

On October 6th, voters will have the chance to watch Senator Martha McSally (Republican) and challenger Mark Kelly (Democratic) debate live. Learn how to watch and how to submit questions below.


Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The debate will air live on Arizona PBS, KJZZ and AZPM and streamed on

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U.S. Senate Candidate Profiles

  • US Senate Kelly
    Mark Kelly

    U.S. Senate Candidate

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  • US Senate McSally
    Martha McSally

    U.S. Senate Candidate

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Senate Vacancy

  • November 8, 2016: Voters elected John McCain to a 6 year term in the United States Senate
  • August 25, 2018, Senator John McCain died, creating a vacancy in the Senate
  • September 4, 2018 Governor Ducey announced his appointment of Jon Kyl to the vacant seat, to serve through the remainder of the year.
  • December 2018, Senator Kyl resigned, effective December 31, 2018
  • December 18, 2018 Governor Ducey announced his appointment of Martha McSally to the vacancy created by Senator Kyl.
  • November 3, 2020 voters will decide which candidate will complete the remainder of the late John McCain’s term in the United States Senate.

Debate Sponsors

The debate is brought to voters by Clean Elections, the state’s non-partisan voter education agency, and The Arizona Republic and; Arizona PBS and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University; KJZZ, the Phoenix public radio station; and Arizona Public Media, Southern Arizona's PBS and National Public Radio affiliate.

Mark Kelly

US Senate Kelly


Mark is the son of two police officers, and he attended public schools from elementary school through the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. As a naval aviator he made two deployments to the First Gulf War on the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Midway and flew 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm.

Mark was selected as an astronaut in 1996 in the same class as his twin brother Scott. He flew his first of four missions into space in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. Mark has spent more than 50 days in space, and has lived on the International Space Station. His identical twin brother, Scott Kelly, is also a retired U.S. Navy Captain and astronaut who served aboard the International Space Station on a yearlong mission.

Mark and his wife Gabby made their permanent home in Arizona in 2012 after he left NASA and retired from the Navy and she resigned from Congress to focus on her rehabilitation and recovery. Mark’s daughter Claire recently graduated from Arizona State University and his oldest daughter Claudia lives in Tucson.

In January 2013, in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mark and Gabby co-founded the organization ‘GIFFORDS,’ which unites veterans, law enforcement officials, gun owners, faith leaders, and Americans of all stripes to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer.

Mark Kelly

US Senate McSally


U.S Senator Martha McSally was sworn into the Senate in January 2019. Senator Martha McSally proudly represents the people of Arizona in the United States Senate. She previously represented Arizona’s second congressional district for four years in the United States House of Representatives. Prior to serving in Congress, Senator McSally served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2010 as a full Colonel. She is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat and first to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history.

Steve Goldstein

US Senate Goldstein


Host of KJZZ's The Show.

Lorraine Rivera

US Senate Rivera


Lorraine Rivera is an award-winning broadcast journalist who serves the Arizona television market. Rivera is the host and co-producer of Arizona 360, a weekly statewide public affairs program. Her 15 years of television journalism have earned honors to include a Rocky Mountain Southwest Emmy as well as a regional Edward R. Murrow award. Rivera’s reporting along the US/Mexico border has been featured on PBS NewsHour. Rivera’s work extends beyond television as she has moderated gubernatorial, congressional and mayoral debates as well as serving as the host for community forums and panel discussions. Outside of her work in television Rivera serves as an adjunct professor in the University of Arizona School of Journalism. Rivera is a two-time graduate of the University of Arizona holding a bachelor’s in Journalism as well as a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. During her free time Rivera enjoys reading and exploring Arizona.

Ted Simons

US Senate Simons


Ted Simons is the award-winning host and managing editor of “Arizona Horizon,” the nightly public affairs show on Arizona PBS. Simons moderates discussions with government officials, business leaders and policy makers about the issues, laws and policies that affect Arizonans in their everyday lives. The long-time Valley journalist joined “Arizona Horizon” in 2007. Prior to joining Arizona PBS, Simons hosted the afternoon drive news/talk show on KTAR radio, worked as news director/morning show host for KZON-FM and news/sports anchor/reporter at KPHO-TV. Simons was also sports director/anchor at KOFY-TV in San Francisco. Simons has received numerous print and broadcast journalism awards, including the Rocky Mountain Emmys, the Arizona AP Broadcasters Association Award for Radio Talk Show and Radio Newscast, and numerous New Times Best of Phoenix honors.

Yvonne Wingett Sanchez

US Senate Sanchez


Yvonne Wingett Sanchez is a national political reporter for The Arizona Republic, where she has covered Arizona’s senators since 2018. Since joining The Republic in 2001, she has covered the Governor’s Office and state politics, Maricopa County government, Latino affairs, and Phoenix neighborhoods. Her investigative work helped lead to the 2018 referendum of Arizona’s expanded school voucher-style program by voters. Her stories about the years-long political and legal battles in county government under Sheriff Joe Arpaio were submitted for a Pulitzer Prize by The Republic and prompted a slew of federal, state and internal investigations. She lives in north-central Phoenix with her three children and husband, Jesse Sanchez, a national baseball writer for