The public will finally get its first look at Republican Olivia Cortes on Oct. 6 after the recall election candidate accepted the Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s invitation to participate in a public forum.
Cortes had not responded to several inquiries from the chamber and missed the initial deadline to participate, but she informed the group on Wednesday that she would like to take part.
The East Valley Tribune reports that since taking out the paperwork in July to run as a candidate in the recall election against State Senate President Russell Pearce, Cortes hasn’t made herself available to the media or the public other than one brief television interview.
Cortes has been accused of being a “sham” candidate aiming to siphon votes away from the other Pearce opponent – Republican Jerry Lewis.
Pearce himself has denied any involvement in Cortes’ campaign.