Saturday, November 28, 2015

HOU Decide: King vs. Turner Houston mayoral debate

KHOU 11, Houston Public Media, Free Press Houston bring Bill King and Sylvester Turner to the debate stage on Dec. 5

KHOU 11, Houston Public Media and Free Press Houston are bringing Houston mayoral candidates Bill King and Sylvester Turner to the stage for HOU Decide: King vs. Turner, airing live at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 on KHOU 11. This debate will give Houstonians a chance to hear King and Turner square off for the last time during the early voting period, which runs from Dec. 2-8.

“This will be the last big televised matchup between these two candidates before the election, so both sides know how important it is to make their points,” KHOU 11 Executive News Director Philip Bruce said. “We're treating this as a major event that'll help voters pick our next Mayor.”

A runoff election is set to take place on Dec. 12 to decide who will take over as Houston’s top city official. Thirteen candidates were on the ballot in the Nov. 2 general election, but as no one received a majority vote, a runoff was set between the top two contenders. Sylvester Turner received 32 percent of the vote in November, while King received 24 percent. The debate will cover a variety of topics Houstonians care about, and the candidates will be challenged to also ask questions of each other.

“Houstonians have an important decision to make in choosing the next mayor,” said Capella Tucker, content director of Houston Public Media. “We’re looking forward to taking part in a very engaging and thought-provoking debate that will help clarify the issues for our viewers and listeners.” The public is invited to submit their questions for consideration via social media using the hashtag #HOUDecide starting now.

HOU Decide: King vs. Turner will be moderated by KHOU 11 News Anchor Len Cannon, while KHOU 11 News Reporter Doug Miller, Free Press Houston Publisher Omar Afra and Houston Public Media News Anchor Laurie Johnson will serve on a panel curating questions for the candidates.

In addition to airing on KHOU 11, the debate will broadcast live on News 88.7 at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. The debate may be viewed on, and, as well as each partner’s social media pages. A rebroadcast of the debate will air on Houston Public Media TV 8 at 9 p.m. Dec. 6.

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by KHOU 11)

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