EVENT Mayoral Debate set for October 8

The League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund and Houston Public Media are sponsoring a special debate on Tuesday, Oct. 8 covering the City of Houston Mayoral Election. All candidates were invited to participate. Don Cook, Eric Dick,  Keryl Burgess Douglas, Charyl L. Drab, Michael J. Fitzsimmons, Benjamin L. Hall, III and Annise D. Parker have accepted our invitation.

The 2013 Houston Mayoral Debate will be broadcast live from the studios of HoustonPBS / Channel 8, starting at 7 p.m. The debate will also be streamed live, as well as made available for simulcast or rebroadcast at a later date on any Houston media station that chooses to broadcast the debate. Univision Channel 45 will also rebroadcast the debate at a later date with Spanish translation.

The format of the program is designed to be fair, informative and engaging. Each candidate will be given the opportunity to explain his or her philosophy of governance and positions on selected issues. Questions on selected topics will be presented by a panel of journalists in a response/rebuttal debate format. Candidates will be asked questions in rounds on particular topics. Each candidate will be asked a specific question on the topic and given 90 seconds to respond. The candidates will be given an additional 45 seconds for rebuttal after all candidates have responded to their particular question.

Linda Lorelle will serve as moderator for the debate. Lorelle is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and long-time anchor of the evening news in Houston. She now hosts the political show, Red, White and Blue, on Houston PBS. 

Panelists are Laurie Johnson of KUHF, Mike Morris of The Houston Chronicle, Doug Miller  of KHOU and Pedro Rojas of Univision.