ANCHORAGE -

Two Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor appeared at a debate Monday in Anchorage.

State Sen. Hollis French (D-Anchorage) and Palmer schoolteacher Bob Williams answered questions at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Make it Monday Forum.

Topics ranged from state spending to their opinions on upcoming ballot initiatives. Both say they do not support legalizing marijuana, but agree it is time for a minimum wage increase.

They both voiced their support for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott.

Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will join the party’s nominee for governor on a split ticket against the other parties’ candidates. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Kelly Wolf are running in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor, with Andrew Lee the only Libertarian candidate in the race.

The debate comes as an earlier primary deadline looms. According to the state Division of Elections, Alaskans have until Sunday to register to vote in the primary or change their registrations if necessary.