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January 16, 2014

Capitol Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The Democratic City Committee and Drexel University will host a debate among the democratic gubernatorial candidates vying for the chance to challenge incumbent Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in the November election.

“The Democratic Ward leaders of Philadelphia are proud to host the last Democratic debate of the 2014 gubernatorial primary,” said Congressman Bob Brady. “Our last debate featured Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at the National Constitution Center. This last showdown is just as important for the future of Philadelphia and will be, I am confident, just as exciting.”

The debate will be held on May 12 at Drexel. Journalist, news anchor and author Larry Kane will serve as moderator and produce the debate.

“Bringing this debate to campus is an outstanding expression of the public service and civic engagement components of our mission,” said John A. Fry, president of Drexel. “We are honored to host such an important event for Pennsylvanians, and excited to give our students the opportunity to observe the electoral process firsthand.”

The debate is still in the planning stages but most candidates have already confirmed their participation. To-date, the candidates expected are: Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord, Tom Wolf, John Hanger, Ed Pawlowski, Katie McGinty and Jo Ellen Litz.

“I congratulate Drexel and John Fry for taking on the initiative to host this important event,” said Kane. “As a person who has been involved in covering the political process for nearly 50 years, I’m delighted to have been invited to produce and moderate this event. It will be a magnificent opportunity for the public to get a close-up look at the democratic candidates in what is shaping to be a highly contested race.”

An independent production, the debate will be available via satellite to all TV stations in Pennsylvania. Total Production Services will handle the production and engineering. More information on satellite coordinates will be available closer to the event.