Tuesday seems like a good time to remind everyone that the four candidates running to win the Democratic nomination to become Florida's next governor will be in Miramar next month. Now we also know who will be asking the questions.
Moderators for the event have been announced. Yamiche Alcindor of PBS NewsHour and WLRN Public Media’s Luis Hernandez will co-moderate the Florida Freedom Forum primary debate. The event is hosted by SEIU Florida State Council, Dream Defenders Action Fund, Florida Immigration Coalition (FLIC) Votes, New Florida Majority, Organize Florida, Planned Parenthood Florida PAC, and Color of Change PAC.
Here's the release:
Miramar, FL - Local and statewide community groups have come together to host a gubernatorial debate for the democratic primary this summer. The co-moderators include PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor and local NPR affiliate WLRN’s Luis Hernandez.
Alcindor is the White House Correspondent for PBS NewsHour and a contributor to NBC and MSNBC. A Miami native, she is a proud graduate of Fort Lauderdale High School and got her start in journalism locally interning at the Westside Gazette and the Miami Herald.
Hernandez is the host for South Florida NPR affiliate WLRN’s latest daily talk show, Sundial, and the news anchor for All Things Considered. A Florida resident for nearly 40 years, he has spent nearly 14 years in public broadcasting in Miami, Las Vegas and Gainesville, FL.
“We are thrilled to have Florida natives and dedicated journalists, Yamiche and Luis, to co-moderate the Florida Freedom Forum,” Monica Russo, President of SEIU Florida State Council, said. “This year, we are at a pivotal moment for change across our state. Floridians are connected more than ever to the issues that will define this election year. All eyes are on our state as we head towards November. We look forward to this first discussion in South Florida to help highlight the issues facing our communities.”
The Florida Freedom Forum is being hosted by a coalition of groups including SEIU Florida State Council, Dream Defenders Action Fund, Florida Immigration Coalition (FLIC) Votes, New Florida Majority, Organize Florida, Planned Parenthood Florida PAC, and Color of Change PAC.
All four democratic gubernatorial candidates are confirmed to attend and participate in the two hour debate including Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham, Chris King, and former Mayor of Miami Beach Philip Levine.
The debate will take place in front of a live audience of approximately 800 at the Miramar Cultural Center on Monday, June 11. Doors will open at 5:30PM and the debate will begin promptly at 7:00PM. Tickets are being distributed to local community members through the host organizations. The debate will be livestreamed on SEIU Florida and PBS NewsHour digital channels.
Media wanting to cover the event must RSVP here by June 10 and provide proof of media credential on-site: (link)