Gov. Doug Ducey, challenger David Garcia disagree on direction of Southern Arizona’s economy

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, left, a Republican, and Democratic challenger David Garcia focused on Southern Arizona issues in their second, and final, debate Tuesday night in Tucson. Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

 

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey says voters should give him another four years because the economy is a lot better than when he took office.

But in a head-to-head televised debate Tuesday night in Tucson, his Democratic challenger, David Garcia, said whatever growth there has been in Southern Arizona’s economy has been far less than in the rest of the state.

Related:After backing Garcia in 2014, AZ Latino business group staying on sidelines in gov’s race

Southern Arizona issues took center stage as the pair faced off for their second — and final — debate, held at KUAT-TV and organized by Arizona Public Media in partnership with KJZZ and the Arizona Daily Star.

“I’m proud that Tucson is experiencing the fastest job growth than it’s had in six years,” Ducey said during the hourlong televised debate.

He specifically called out plans by companies Caterpillar, Comcast, Amazon and Raytheon to expand in Southern Arizona as evidence his focus on them has paid off.

Garcia countered that the whole country’s economy is improving — and that Tucson’s is lagging.

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