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Democrats, Republicans in Knoxville for final debates

(NEXSTAR MEDIA GROUP) - - Top Republican and Democratic candidates for will meet in Knoxville, Tenn. for the final debates in the statewide Tennessee Governor Debate Series. 

The live debate will be televised on Sunday, July 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Nexstar stations and their broadcast partners across Tennessee. It will also be streamed live on WATE.com and on the WATE 6 On Your Side Facebook page.

The Democratic debate begins at 8 p.m. Eastern, followed by a post-debate show from 9-9:30 p.m. The Republican debate begins at 9:30 and will be followed by a second post-debate show from 10:30-11 p.m.

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (D) will debate Craig Fitzhugh (D-TN82) in the first debate of the evening

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-TN56) will join U. S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN06), former state Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd (R) and businessman Bill Lee (R) for the Republican debate.

The debates are taking place at the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State Community College in front of an audience invited by the candidates. The candidates will face questions about education and healthcare issues, along with local and candidate-specific topics.  

Tennesseans can watch the candidates square off on Nexstar stations WKRN-TV in Nashville (ABC), WATE-TV in Knoxville (ABC), WJHL-TV in Johnson City (CBS/ABC), WATN-TV in Memphis (ABC), WJKT-TV in Jackson (FOX) and WZDX-TV in Huntsville, Ala. (FOX).  WFLI -TV in Chattanooga (CW) will also carry this debate, along with radio stations and Spanish language television stations across the state. 

The debate will be moderated by WATE 6 On Your Side anchor Kristin Farley. A panel of leading journalists will ask questions. They are Peabody National Award recipient and 10-time Emmy winner, Bob Mueller (@bobmueller) of WKRN News, Emmy Award-winning Managing Editor Richard Ransom (@Local24Richard) of WATN News, and Emmy nominated journalist and author, Katina Rankin (@Local24Katina) of WATN News.

Nexstar Media Group, Inc. is producing and hosting the three-part statewide Tennessee Governor Debate Series.  

“The Tennessee Governor Debate Series is the only programming where local voters can hear directly and collectively from candidates about their views and solutions to Tennessee’s most important issues including business, infrastructure, legislation, crime education and health care,” said Tim Busch, President of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. “We have harnessed the combined resources of Nexstar’s local Tennessee station operations in six markets to deliver extensive coverage of these important debates.”

The first debate took place on Wednesday, April 18 in Memphis and included Black, Boyd and Lee on the debate stage. Harwell was invited but could not attend. 

All four Republican candidates participated in the second Republican debate on June 20 in Nashville.

The statewide primary election is August 2, 2018. The general election is November 6.


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