The Arizona Media Association is partnering with dozens of local media brands to air political debates in Arizona during the 2024 election season.

In support of democracy, the mission of this effort is to make Arizona’s 2024 debates the most accessible in Arizona history. As candidates confirm participation, these debates are expected to include Arizona’s US Senate race, US Congressional Districts, Corporation Commission and several county-level races during both the 2024 primary and general elections.

See confirmed debate dates here and meet our moderators for this shared effort below:

Steve Goldstein has served as an award-winning radio host and reporter in Phoenix for 25 years. His work has featured discussions about a broad variety of topics, and his passion for politics and elections has led to regular conversations with elected officials from both major parties. Goldstein has been a regular on-camera contributor to local TV political affairs programs.

Jim Nintzel covers politics for the TucsonSentinel, an online news agency based in Southern Arizona. Prior to joining the Sentinel, Nintzel spent more than three decades as a reporter and editor with Tucson Weekly, covering politics, science and rock ’n’ roll. He has been named a journalist of the year by the Arizona Press Club and the Arizona Newspaper Association and has won more than 50 state and national awards for his work. He has previously worked for the local PBS affiliate, hosting a weekly political roundtable, and has appeared on CBS, ABC, CNN and other national news networks as well as various NPR affiliates. He taught government reporting at the University of Arizona School of Journalism for more than 15 years.

Mary Rábago is a well-known bilingual public figure in Arizona. She has spent more than 20 years as a Spanish journalist, including time as an anchor and reporter in statewide Spanish-language TV. She now leads her own media production company, Mary Rabago Productions, with a focus on storytelling about health, education, politics, immigration and finance.

Richard Ruelas is an Arizona native and a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He’s worked for the Associated Press, Phoenix Gazette and now Arizona Republic for more than 30 years. Over the years, Richard has covered all manner of stories – politics, crime, features, sports. He has previously served as a moderator for debates put on by the Republic and by the Clean Elections Commission.

See the latest news about our 2024 political debates here.