Democratic governor candidates to debate -- Gazette.Net


Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates will debate one another ahead of the June 24 primary.

Exactly how many debates will be hosted has yet to be determined.

Gubernatorial hopeful Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown requested on Friday that his opponents Del. Heather R. Mizeur and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and their campaigns work with him and his team in scheduling the debates. Brown proposed holding five debates — three between the candidates for governor and two between their running mates — at locations across the state.

“It is up to us to ensure that voters have an opportunity to make an informed decision on June 24th,” Brown wrote to his opponents.

Gansler and running mate Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Dist 47) of Cheverly will participate, campaign spokesman Bob Wheelock said.

Wheelock said they will participate in as many debates as are held.

Mizeur and running mate the Rev. Delman Coates will also participate, campaign manager Joanna Belanger said in an email.

However, Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park hopes the candidates develop a “more robust schedule” than Brown has proposed, Belanger said.

“Real problems deserve real debates to show Maryland voters which candidate has real solutions,’ Belanger said. Three gubernatorial debates are not sufficient to address all the important issues that affect Maryland’s families. Delegate Mizeur is prepared to debate every week between now and primary election day.”