California Attorney General Kamala Harris campaigns for U.S. Senate at a union headquarters in San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

The five leading candidates for the U.S. Senate seat held by the retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer are scheduled to hold a debate in San Diego Tuesday night hosted by KPBS-TV and KPBS-FM (89.5).

State Attorney General Kamala Harris and Garden Grove Rep. Loretta Sanchez, both Democrats, and Republicans George “Duf” Sundheim, Tom Del Beccaro and Ron Unz are scheduled to participate in the forum, scheduled to be broadcast live at 7 p.m.

KPBS investigative reporter Amita Sharma will moderate the debate. Panelists will include Scott Shafer, senior editor for KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk; Mary Plummer, senior politics reporter for KPCC; Linnea Edmeier, managing editor for Capital Public Radio; and Marco Serrano, reporter for Univision San Diego.

“We expect this to be a bracing debate on issues that matter for voters,” said Suzanne Marmion, KPBS director of news and editorial strategy.

The debate is part of the California Counts Collaborative, an election coverage initiative that includes KPBS, KQED in San Francisco, Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and KPCC in Los Angeles.

—City News Service

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