First TV debates announced in governor's race

The first televised debate in Maryland's Democratic primary for governor will be May 7, followed by a second debate on June 2, according to the stations that will broadcast them.

The first TV debate matching Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 7 at the University of Maryland, College Park and will be broadcast on Washington's NBC affiliate. According to NBC4, "Meet the Press" host David Gregory will moderate.

Justin Schall, campaign manager for Brown, confirmed the plan and said the three candidates are still working out details. The Gansler and Mizeur campaigns declined to comment.

Maryland Public Television said Thursday it will host and air the second debate with the three Democratic contenders on June 2, a co-production with WBAL-TV.

An MPT debate for the Republican candidates for governor, also a co-production with WBAL, will follow on June 6. Participating will be Del. Ron George of Annapolis, former Ehrlich administration official Larry Hogan, Charles County business executive Charles Lollar and Harford County Executive David R. Craig. WBAL's Jason Newton will moderate.

MPT's Democratic debate will feature a town-hall format with a studio audience — which will be permitted to ask questions — recruited by the League of Women Voters. The one-hour debate will begin at 7 p.m. MPT's Jeff Salkin will moderate.

The three Democrats have agreed on a schedule of three televised debates. The date and details of the third debate have not been announced.

The primary election is June 24. Democratic and Republican voters will select their party's candidate to run in the November general election to succeed Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is term-limited.

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