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Four top GOP candidates for governor to take part in 2nd live debate

(NEXSTAR MEDIA GROUP) - - Top Republican candidates will meet in Hendersonville, Tenn. for the second debate in the statewide Tennessee Governor Debate Series. 

The live debate will be televised on Wednesday, June 20 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 wkrn.com. 

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) on the debate stage.

The one-hour debate is taking place at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville in front of an audience invited by the candidates. The candidates will face questions about crime and legislative 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 WKRN news co-anchor Hayley Wielgus. 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.

The candidates have already learned who gets the first question. Representatives from the Harwell, Lee, Black and Boyd campaigns met on June 13 to draw from a deck of playing cards. Bill Lee’s campaign drew the high card. That means he gets the first question. The drawing took place at the studios of WKRN-TV in Nashville. 

Next in the Tennessee Governor Debate Series

The third and final debate will take place in Knoxville on Sunday, July 22, 2018, and will focus on education and health. 

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 U. S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN06), businessman Randy Boyd (R) and businessman Bill Lee (R) on the debate stage. House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-56) was invited but could not attend. 

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


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