All four leading Democratic candidates for governor will be appearing in a debate hosted and broadcast by WTVT in Tampa next week, the station confirmed Tuesday.
WTVT, part of the FOX Television Stations network, will host the half-hour forum at 6:30 p.m. on April 18 featuring Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and businessman Chris King, the station’s general Manager Jeff Maloney announced in a news release Tuesday. The candidates themselves revealed their commitments to the debate last month, though details were yet to be worked out.
The four Democrats will be asked to cover topics important to the Tampa community, such as school safety, crime, mental health services, and hurricane preparedness, according to a release from the station.
Maloney stated, “This debate will be an opportunity for voters to see and hear the candidates in an unfiltered environment, on the station that has been a leader in political coverage in Florida.”