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U.S. Senate candidates face off at University of the Pacific

Debate is cosponsored by KCRA and the San Francisco Chronicle
Mar 4, 2016
Tom Del Beccaro
Tom Del Beccaro
Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris
Loretta Sanchez
Loretta Sanchez
George "Duf" Sundheim
Ron Unz
Ron Unz

The leading Republican and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in California have agreed to participate in a live broadcast debate next month at University of the Pacific. The event is sponsored by KCRA 3, the San Francisco Chronicle and University of the Pacific.

Taking part in the debate will be former state Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, former state Republican Party Chairman George “Duf” Sundheim and businessman Ron Unz. The candidates are vying to succeed four-term Sen. Barbara Boxer, who announced early last year that she would not run for re-election to Congress.

The debate will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 25, at the DeRosa University Center on the Stockton Campus of University of the Pacific.

"Pacific is proud to partner with the San Francisco Chronicle and KCRA on this important debate, which will help to decide the first open-seat U.S. Senate contest in California in 24 years," said University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. "California's Central Valley will play a critical role in this election, so it is fitting that the candidates have chosen to debate here in Stockton. The debate will also be a tremendous opportunity for our students to engage in the political process."

Details about the debate are posted on the U.S. Senate Debate page.

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About KCRA 3
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About University of the Pacific
Established in 1851 as the first chartered institution of higher education in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 majors in seven schools. The university’s distinctive Northern California footprint also includes a campus in San Francisco, home to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and new graduate programs in health, food and technology fields, and in Sacramento, home to the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and new graduate programs in health, education, business and public policy. For more information, visit

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