- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan doesn’t plan to participate in a prominent debate on fisheries issues in Kodiak.

Spokesman Mike Anderson said Sullivan is scheduled to be campaigning in rural Alaska. He said Alaskans will have ample opportunity to hear Sullivan debate Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

Begich spokesman Max Croes says Begich plans to participate in the Oct. 1 debate if Libertarian candidate Mark Fish is willing. Croes called it disrespectful to those in the fishing industry and coastal communities to “ignore” a debate considered a tradition.

Sullivan’s Marine Corps Reserve training coincided with a fisheries debate during the primary that ultimately was canceled.

Anderson said the fishing industry is critical to Alaska and Sullivan continues to meet with “all user groups to listen to their ideas and concerns.”

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