Democratic Rep. Ami Bera and Republican Doug Ose, engaged in one of the country’s most closely watched races for the House, are set to lock horns Wednesday in their only scheduled debate of the contest.
Bera, of Elk Grove, is in his first term in Washington, and is hoping to recapture some of the late-fall magic that helped him unseat Rep. Dan Lungren by fewer than 10,000 votes in 2012. Ose, a successful land developer, is mounting a comeback attempt after serving three terms in Congress through 2005.
Wednesday’s debate in the tossup race is an opportunity for the candidates to seize some momentum heading into the final stretch of the Nov. 4 race.
Below, we’ve prepared a debate-watching guide.
Democrat Ami Bera
Congressman, doctor, teacher
Republican Doug Ose
How the money stacks up
On the issues
Affordable Care Act
Raising the minimum wage
Government action on climate change
From noon to 1 p.m., the public is invited to a pre-debate panel, Debate Watching 101, featuring Ken Rudin, the “Political Junkie,” at the Community Room, 10 College Parkway, at Folsom Lake College.