Tampa mayoral candidates in televised debate Wednesday night

Bay News 9 will host and broadcast the event.

click to enlarge Tampa mayoral candidates in televised debate Wednesday night
Dwight Burdette via Wikimedia Commons/CC 3.0

The seven candidates aiming to replace termed-out Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn — Jane Castor, Ed Turanchik, David Straz Jr., Harry Cohen, Topher Morrison, Lavaughn King and Mike Suarez — on March 5 will face one another in a second pre-election debate at 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Spectrum Bay News 9 at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus's Mainstage Theater, and will be broadcast live.

The debate will last 90 minutes. Bay News 9's Holly Gregory will moderate; no one will be admitted without a ticket — and at this point, it looks like all available tickets have been snapped up — and no one will be admitted at all after 6:45 p.m. (doors open at 6). Topics the field is expected to address include transportation, growth, sustainability, and education, among others.

The first debate of the election cycle, held last October, featured six of the candidates; Straz did not participate.

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