An upcoming debate aims to identify the conservative candidates running for Mat-Su mayor and school board. On Nov. 2, Mat-Su residents will vote for mayor, two borough assembly members and three school board members.

Edna DeVries

On Oct. 9, mayoral candidates Edna DeVries and Matthew Beck are set to square off in a back-and-forth debate. Hosted by the Mat-Su Chapter of AMAC, the event takes place at Wasilla Area Seniors Center. from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

DeVries currently serves as mayor of Palmer. Beck is a former Mat-Su Borough assemblyman.

Unlike most political forums in which candidates can largely resort to pre-planned stump speeches, the AMAC debate gives each candidate three minutes for opening statements. From there a moderator will pose questions which neither candidate has seen prior to the debate.

Matthew Beck

The event concludes with spontaneous questions from the audience and two-minute closing statements from the candidates.

Following the mayoral debate, school board candidates Jubilee Underwood takes on Jennifer Walther – both vying for the District 4 school board seat. Borough assembly candidates are invited to attend and meet with the audience prior to the debates. Click here for more information.

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Mat-Su mayoral candidates to face off in head-to-head Oct. 9 debate

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.