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District 18 Congressional Debate will be held at PBSC Oct. 16

Republican incumbent Brian Mast and Democrat Lauren Baer will be participating in a District 18 Congressional Debate set for Oct. 16 at the Palm Beach State College Palm Beach Gardens campus.

Produced by the Palm Beach North (PBN) Chamber of Commerce, the debate will be held at the Eissey Campus Theatre from 7-8 p.m. and broadcast live on CBS12 News.

“We are excited to confirm that both party nominees have formally accepted our invitation for the Congressional Debate,” says PBN Chamber of Commerce CEO Beth Kigel. “There are certainly unique characteristics for District 18, and it is our priority to ensure that these candidates have the opportunity to provide their perspectives on promoting the economic vitality and prosperity of Palm Beach North, Florida’s District 18 and the nation.”

“Too often the public only hears complicated policy issues in 15 second sound bite form,” said Adam Henning, News Director CBS12 News. “The opportunity to have viewers hear an open and unedited exchange of ideas is something we are very proud to be a part of. It is also a responsibility we take seriously.”

CBS12 News anchor Liz Quirantes will moderate the debate which will be available to viewers in the 38th largest television market in the nation including 825 thousand TV Households and more than 1.5 million adults 18+.  A distinguished media panel will be announced soon.

“At CBS12 News, local news is at the heart of the station. It is our continuous commitment to serve the local communities,” said Michael Pumo, CBS12 News General Manager. “One of our most important roles is sharing relevant information with our audiences. Broadcasting this debate is another testament to our dedication to serving the people of South Florida.”

This is the fourth debate produced by the PBN Chamber of Commerce and the second live televised debate.  The PBN Chamber of Commerce first partnered with CBS12 News in 2016 and looks forward to a repeat this year.  In 2014, the Chamber produced the only District 18 Congressional Debate with an audience, and in 2012 produced the County Commission, District 1 Debate. Palm Beach State has hosted all four debates.

Palm Beach State is continuing its involvement to promote education and dialogue and encourage student participation.  The College’s Student Government Association will be mentored by the PBN Chamber of Commerce.

“As a higher education institution, it is vitally important that we educate our students on the importance of being active participants in the democratic process,’’ said Ava L. Parker, J.D.,  PBSC president. “We are pleased to host this debate on our campus and give our students an opportunity to get involved.”

Hanley Foundation will serve as the presenting sponsor of the District 18 Congressional Debate. Please visit  www.pbnchamber.com for more information.

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