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University of Maryland, NBC4 and Bowie State University to Host Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial Debate May 7 in College Park

April 23, 2014
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson, UMD, 301-257-0073
Matt Glassman, NBC, 202-885-4433

Democratic Candidates Anthony Brown, Doug Gansler and Heather Mizeur to Square off in Maryland Debate Moderated by NBC News’ David Gregory

University of MarylandCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland, NBC4 Washington and Bowie State University are pleased to announce that they will host a political debate between the three candidates running in the 2014 Maryland Democratic gubernatorial primary election, moderated by David Gregory of NBC News' "Meet the Press." The three panelists include Chris Gordon and Chris Lawrence from News4, and Jenna Johnson from the Washington Post.

The debate between the three Democratic candidates, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur, will focus on the state’s economy, expanding businesses, job creation, education and critical transportation and transit challenges facing Maryland. The debate will be aired live in prime time from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on NBC4, NBC affiliate WHAG in Maryland, and Maryland Public Television. The debate will also be streamed live online at www.nbcwashington.com.

“This is an important opportunity for Maryland voters to hear the candidates’ positions on our state’s most critical concerns, and we are proud to co-host it,” says University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “Broad public education is part of our service mission to the state.”

“NBC4 and NBC News have a legacy of providing strong political content to our viewers both on air and on our digital platforms, said Jackie Bradford,” President and General Manager of NBC4.  “The citizens of Maryland – and everyone in our region who likes a good discussion – are sure to enjoy a lively, informative debate that will help them decide the best candidate when they vote.”

“Bowie State University is pleased to partner with the University of Maryland and NBC in hosting this Democratic Gubernatorial debate,” said President Mickey L. Burnim. “An educated and informed citizenry is important to the electoral process, and our students’ engagement in this event offers a great opportunity for them to see up close the democratic process in action.”

The ticketed event will be hosted at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Md. Tickets will be distributed for the debate via invite only. There will be no general admission entry.

Media space for this event is limited and available to credentialed media only.  Advance media registration is required.  To request credentials, please email name(s) and position(s), media affiliation, and full contact information to mediarsvp@umd.edu. All media attendance requests will be confirmed within 48 hours of the event. For more details regarding media registration and logistics, please visit http://ter.ps/MdDemDebate.

Follow the event on social media with #MdDemDebate.