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First Valley-hosted Gubernatorial Debate

The first Central Valley-hosted Gubernatorial Debate of the 2018 campaign.

The Central Valley Gubernatorial Debate Commission is pleased to announce the first Central Valley-hosted Gubernatorial Debate of the 2018 campaign.

Watch the full debate below:



The debate was held on Wednesday, April 25 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and air, live, on FOX26, 580AM/105.9FM KMJ Radio, and ValleyPBS will air on a delayed basis. The event was hosted in front of a live audience at the ValleyPBS Studios. It was also streamed, live, on KMPH.com, KMJNow.com, on mobile devices, and the Fox26 Facebook Page.

A panel of local questioners from Univision of Fresno, KMJ Radio, and Fox26 was on hand to ask questions important to people of the Central Valley of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, businessman John Cox, Assemblyman Travis Allen, and former State Superintendent of Public Education Delaine Eastin. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and California State Treasurer John Chiang both declined repeated invitations to participate.

“We are extremely pleased we were able to put together an outstanding group of broadcasters, local organizations, and community leaders. This debate is incredibly important to the Central Valley and the state of California,” said Jack Peck, VP and GM of FOX26 and CW59 in Fresno. “We are also excited that recent polls show we have four of the top-six candidates involved, including two of the top three, and in California’s primary election system one or both could very well advance to the general election.”

The Central Valley Gubernatorial Debate Commission is composed of FOX26, CW59, Univision of Fresno, KMJ Radio, ValleyPBS, the Fresno Business Journal, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, The Latino Water Coalition, and California State University, Fresno.




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