PALMDALE — Cafe con Leche Radio Talk Show will host a debate for 36th Assembly District candidates at 4 p.m. Sunday at Transplants Brewery Company, 40242 La Quinta Lane, No. 101.

Democrats Ollie McCaulley, Steve Fox, Michael Rives, Eric Andrew Ohlsen, Lourdes Everett, Diedra Greenaway and Johnathon Ervin are challenging Republican incumbent Tom Lackey in the March 3 primary.

Lackey and Ervin did not confirm their appearance at the debate, according to the event organizers.

Lackey first won election in November 2014, when he beat Fox with at least 60% of the vote. Fox cost taxpayers $210,000 to settle sexual harassment and work-related claims during his first and only term in state office.

Lackey won re-election in November 2016, and again in 2018, beating Fox each time but with smaller margins.

McCaulley, a Marine Corps veteran, serves as pres­ident of Gonzales-McCaul­ley Investment Group Inc.

Rives, a frequent though unsuccessful candidate for Lancaster City Council and other elected offices, is a retired healthcare administrator.

Palmdale Democrat Ohl­sen, a self-described progressive, is a small business owner and U.S. Coast Guard veteran.

Everett is a businesswoman.

Greenaway served as a contracts and vouchers auditor for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Lancaster Democrat Ervin, an engineer and U.S. Air Force reservist, ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate in November 2016.

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