McCormack Graduate School to Host Gubernatorial Debate

Office of Communications | April 23, 2018
McCormack Graduate School to Host Gubernatorial Debate

UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, WBUR, and The Boston Globe will host debates among the three candidates running for democratic nomination for governor this year. The three Democratic gubernatorial candidates are Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie, and Setti Warren.

“We know voters will want to be as informed as possible when they vote in the primary in September,” said David W. Cash, dean of the McCormack Graduate School. “We strive to be a catalyst for civic discussions and are delighted to help provide this forum for the public.”

The first debate among the Democratic candidates will take place on Thursday, May 17, from 3 to 4 p.m. at UMass Boston. Sponsored by WBUR, the debate will be conducted before a live audience, as well as live-streamed by the sponsors at,, and

“WBUR is pleased to collaborate with UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School and The Boston Globe on these important public debates because of our firm belief in promoting civic dialogue and public discourse,” said Tom Melville, executive news director of WBUR.

The show’s host, Meghna Chakrabarti, will be joined by co-moderator and Boston Globe political editor Shira T. Center. Governor Charlie Baker has also been invited to appear on another segment of Radio Boston, which will include questions from WBUR and a Boston Globe reporter. The sponsors are planning similar debates and conversations among candidates running for the U.S. Senate this summer and for the general election in the fall.

“These debates not only provide an important public service to Massachusetts, but they’re also at the core of the Globe’s mission,” said Brian McGrory, Boston Globe editor.

The debates will be free and open to the public, but registration will be required.

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Posted by Dr. John William Cavanaugh, MSPA UMass Boston '87 | April 30, 2018 - 11:59 a.m.

This is outstanding!  Thank you for promoting civic dialogue and public discourse.  McCormack might consider debates with town hall formats in the future so that citizens can interact with candidates directly after deliberating on key issues facing the state. Look at this model:  “In 1996, the National Issues Convention (NIC) assembled a national sample of 459 Americans on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. This diverse group of Americans was seen and heard nationally. They spent three days in small group discussions of major public issues and participated in two live PBS telecasts moderated by Jim Lehrer where they questioned Vice President Al Gore and four contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. This experiment in democracy was an innovative step that engaged the ongoing debate about mass communication and democracy.”