UWM to host Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial debate on July 12

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Mainstage Theatre will be the setting for the first broadcast debate in the race for Wisconsin governor.

The debate will air live on WTMJ-TV and WUWM-FM and simulcast on WGBA-TV. WTMJ news anchors Charles Benson and Shannon Sims, along with WUWM’s Mitch Teich, will moderate.

The Democratic gubernatorial debate will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. All eight Democratic candidates have agreed to participate – Tony Evers, Matt Flynn, Mike McCabe, Mahlon Mitchell, Josh Pade, Kelda Helen Roys, Paul R. Soglin and Kathleen Vinehout.

Additional media partners include WisPolitics.com, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and USA Today Network.

The debate will be livestreamed at wuwm.com and tmj4.com.

The first hour of the debate will be televised. The last half hour will air live on WUWM radio and stream live on wuwm.com, tmj4.com, nbc26.comWisPolitics.com and jsonline.com.

The event is ticketed, with all tickets going to the campaigns and debate sponsors.

Members of the media will be able to view the debate in the lobby of the recital hall adjacent to the Mainstage Theatre, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd. Please contact Lynn Wilk via email at lcwilk@uwm.edu to receive media credentials.

Limited space is available for media to watch a live feed of the debate, and media access will be arranged on a first-come, first-served basis. No video cameras will be allowed into the event. There will not be onsite video or audio distribution. Media outlets can record the signal from WTMJ-TV or the livestream from tmj4.com or wuwm.com. Any use of the video must include an onscreen notice that the video is courtesy of TODAY’S TMJ4/WTMJ-TV.

Members of the media can pick up their credentials at the media check-in table on the east side of the theater lobby from 4:30 to 5:55 p.m. Thursday. Attendees with tickets can enter the theater from 5:05 to 5:30 p.m. Media still photographers will be given access to the theater at 5:45 p.m. until shortly before the broadcast begins.

Following the debate, at 7:30 p.m., candidates will be invited to the recital lobby to talk to members of the media and comment on the debate.

Debate attendees can park in the Student Union parking structure at 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. When you enter, pull a ticket and use it a pay station to pay for parking.

Members of the public can submit questions for the candidates by texting “debate” and their questions to 414-269-6404.

For more information, contact Lynn Wilk, 414-229-6917, lcwilk@uwm.edu