Mariposa & Yosemite

Republican debate scheduled for 19th Congressional District

Radio station KMJ 580 AM will broadcast a live debate Monday for the Republican candidates seeking to fill George Radanovich's congressional seat.

The debate will be held at Fresno's Tower Theatre and aired live from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday. Participants include state Sen. Jeff Denham, former Fresno Mayor Jim Patterson, former Rep. Richard Pombo and Fresno City Councilman Larry Westerlund.

Panelists include KMJ reporter Dennis Hart, KMPH Fox 26 anchor Rich Rodriguez and Fresno Bee reporter John Ellis. KMJ morning anchor and news director Blake Taylor will act as moderator.

Radanovich, who has represented the 19th Congressional District since 1995, is retiring at the end of the year. Radanovich has endorsed Denham.

The district covers Mariposa County, the city of Chowchilla and parts of Stanislaus, Fresno, Madera and Tuolumne counties.