Cuyamaca College will host the only debate between Rep. Duncan Hunter and challenger James Kimber in the campaign for the 50th Congressional District seat.
The debate is set for Friday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater, Building B, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, in Rancho San Diego.
“As an integral part of the East County community, Cuyamaca College is honored to host this debate between Congressman Duncan Hunter and James Kimber, as it will provide our students and area residents an opportunity to learn more about the candidates and the political process,” said Cuyamaca College President Mark J. Zacovic.
The debate is sponsored by Veterans Campaign, a nonpartisan, non-ideological organization whose mission is to train veterans to run for public office. Kimber, a Democrat who works as a physician assistant, is a Navy veteran who spent 20 years in the service; Hunter, a Republican who has been a Congressman representing the area since 2009, served in the Marine Corps and continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Cuyamaca College has been ranked among the nation’s “best of the best” veteran-friendly schools by U.S. Veterans Magazine, and is the only community college in San Diego County to earn that distinction.
Debate moderators will be Seth Lynn, executive director of Veterans Campaign and an adjunct professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Carl Luna, a political science professor at San Diego Mesa College and a visiting professor at the University of San Diego. Luna also heads the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and attendees will have an opportunity to meet the candidates before the debate begins. Candidates will have a 3-minute opening statement and a 1-minute rebuttal before questions begin.
There will be no cost for parking. Lots 1 and 2 provide the most direct access to the theater.
The sprawling 50th Congressional District includes most of eastern and northern San Diego County and stretches as far north as Temecula. Election Day is Nov. 4.