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Pearce, challengers to debate next month in Mesa

Mesa Republicans Jerry Lewis, Senate President Russell Pearce and Olivia Cortes (File photos)

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.

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  1. Will Senator Pearce’s role in establishing Service Arizona as an IBM monopoly that has collected more than $2 billion dolars from Arizona taxpayers since it was created in 1998 but has never been subject to Arizona’s competitive bid process as required by law be discussed in the debate? What about the on-going role of Senator Pearce and his cronies passing legislation every year on behalf of IBM to retain and expand this monopoly by expanding Service Arizona to collect federal highway fuel taxes and shutting down IBM’s only competitor – the Arizona Automobile Dealers vehicle registration web site?

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