Livestream: Winn discusses CD6 congressional race; Ciscomani skips primary debate

Starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Congressional District 6 Republican candidate Kathleen Winn will appear in a livestreamed one-on-one discussion with Tucson Sentinel’s Jim Nintzel. U.S. Rep. Juan Ciscomani declined to take part in a GOP primary debate.

The event is sponsored by the Arizona Clean Elections Commission and the Arizona Media Association, which organized a series of debates made available to all news outlets in the state, via TV broadcast, radio and livestreaming.

Winn hopes to unseat Ciscomani in the Republican primary. The debate would have run 60 minutes if he had appeared; the interview will run 30 minutes.

Winn one-on-one livestream video

Winn has worked in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and hosted a
local radio show focused on politics. She garnered 19 percent of the
vote in a five-way primary for the CD6 seat in 2022.

Winn said
this year’s primary outcome will be different because there are fewer
candidates in the race and Ciscomani’s voting record is too moderate.

“Last
time there were five people in the race,” Winn said. “It’s him and I
this time. We keep hearing this as a moderate district. I believe it’s a
conservative district.”

Winn said she admired members of Congress
such as Arizona GOP delegation members Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar and Eli
Crane as well as Jim Jordan of Ohio and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.

“Those are the people that I would align with in Congress,” Winn said. “I would not vote with Raul Grijalva.”

The winner of the CD6 primary will face Democrat Kirsten Engel in November.

Nintzel is also set to moderate other Clean Elections and Media Association debates this election season.

All debates will also be simulcast with Spanish audio translation and include an American Sign Language interpreter.

The major statewide debates will be broadcast live from Scottsdale’s BitFire Studios and will
be available on television, radio and news websites across the state,
including TucsonSentinel.com. Legislative debates will be streamed online.

“At a time when there’s a lot of confusion about politics, I think
debates are one way that voters can really size up the candidates,” said
Nintzel, who will be one of four main moderators for debates that will
be broadcast statewide. “I’m humbled and excited to be part of keeping
the
tradition alive.”