Suffolk University and the Boston Herald will hold a gubernatorial debate with the five Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, in the University's TV Studio.
In videos advancing the debate, Suffolk President James McCarthy and Herald publisher Patrick Purcell discuss the importance of the public forum as well as the learning opportunity for students.
"Debates are a critical part of the political process," says McCarthy in the video. "This is a phenomenal opportunity for our students to learn up front, personal, firsthand what it's like to ask questions, to watch candidates answer questions, to be part of the process."
Purcell stresses "the wonderful relationship with Suffolk University" and says that "the more involved the electorate is, the more that young people are involved in the process, the better it is for everyone."
Herald Editorial Page Editor Rachelle Cohen and Suffolk University Vice President of Government Relations and Community Affairs John Nucci will moderate the debate, which will stream live on Suffolk.edu, Bostonherald.com and on Boston Herald Radio.
Suffolk students also will ask questions of Joe Avellone, Don Berwick, Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman and Juliette Kayyem, who will be on the Sept. 9, 2014, primary ballot. Massachusetts residents are being encouraged to participate in the discussion through social media and texting.
“We're pleased to join our partners at the Boston Herald in presenting this important conversation with the Democratic candidates for governor,” said Suffolk University President James McCarthy. “And the debate offers yet another terrific opportunity for our students to participate in the production alongside seasoned journalists and to question the candidates.”
“What a great forum to hear from those who would lead our state as they outline their ideas, positions and visions,” said Herald President and Publisher Patrick J. Purcell.
Full coverage and analysis will be provided before and after the event on Boston Herald Radio.