The Democrat and Republican running to be lieutenant governor have agreed to debate on a Washington radio show next week, the first publicly broadcast showdown between the men vying to be No. 2 in the next administration.
Radio host Kojo Nnamdi announced the Oct. 16 radio debate Wednesday on Twitter. Both campaigns confirmed their candidates plan to attend the debate, which will be held at 1 p.m. and broadcast on WAMU, 88.5 FM.
Democrat Ken Ulman last month publicly challenged Republican Boyd Rutherford to a debate. Rutherford accepted within hours, but it took until Wednesday to settle on the details.
The candidates offer a sharp contrast in style and history.
Ulman, 40, is the Howard County executive and a quickly rising star in Maryland Democratic circles. He briefly considered his own bid for governor before signing onto the ticket of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. The gregarious attorney is known for pushing ideas to fruition in suburban Howard County.
Rutherford, 57, spent most of his career in the corporate world, often as a lawyer, and served alongside running mate Larry Hogan in the Ehrlich administration's Cabinet. Rutherford uses a mild-mannered tone on the campaign trail and his roles in politics have often been behind the scenes on Republican committees.
With the agreement between lieutenant governor candidates in place, voters are now on track for four debates in the race for governor spread over just 11 days.
Democrat Brown and Republican Larry Hogan had their first televised debate in the race for governor Tuesday. Another debate is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at NewsChannel 8 studios in Arlington, Va. A third debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 on WBAL-TV.