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 bostonglobe.com, wbur.org, and umb.edu.
“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.