UF plans to host gubernatorial debate Oct. 26
The University of Florida plans to host the final televised gubernatorial debate Oct. 26 on the Gainesville campus.
The debate, organized and sponsored by Florida Blue Key, the university’s leadership honor society, will be produced by broadcast partner Bay News 9. St. Petersburg Times Political Editor Adam C. Smith will moderate the debate, which is expected to be aired live throughout the state from the Phillips Center.Former Republican Gov. Bob Martinez and former Democratic governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham have been asked to serve as the honorary co-hosts for the student-initiated debate.
“This debate illustrates the current generation is actively engaged in our state,” said law student Jon M. Philipson of Florida Blue Key, co-chair of the debate. “As the future of Florida, we know that our state is confronted by many demanding challenges, but also even more dynamic opportunities for growth, development and prosperity. This debate offers a prominent forum to address those issues facing Florida.”A panel of three UF students also will participate in the questioning of the major candidates for governor. Other sponsors include the Florida Law Review, Graham Center for Public Service, the UF Student Government and the UF ACCENT Speakers Bureau.