News & Updates
April 2, 2018
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —
As part of WVTM 13’s “Commitment 2018” coverage, primary candidates for Alabama Governor will participate in a one-hour debate.
Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Sue Bell Cobb, Former Alabama State Representative James Fields and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, will meet in a Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Debate live on Wednesday, April 11th at 9:00pm.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Evangelist Scott Dawson and Alabama State Senator Bill Hightower, will meet in a Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debate on Thursday, April 12 live at 7 p.m. Current Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey was invited to debate but declined.
Both primary debates will be broadcast on WVTM 13. The debates will also be streamed on the station’s website wvtm13.com and affiliated mobile products. Both debates will be moderated by WVTM 13’s Lisa Crane and feature a panel including WVTM 13’s Guy Rawlings, Ian Reitz and Mark Hughes Cobb with The Tuscaloosa News.
The debates will emphasize state issues facing all Alabama voters. From the concerns of the gulf communities to the needs of northern communities, the panel of journalists will take an hour to ask candidates tough questions.
“These debates are an important part of WVTM 13’s Commitment 2018 coverage,” commented Hank Price, President and General Manager of WVTM 13. “Commitment 2018 is our station’s promise to broadcast important political discourse in our newscasts from now to the general election.”
Both the Democratic and Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debates will both be held at Vulcan Park and Museum in Birmingham, AL. NBC stations across the state have been offered the debates to carry on their respective channels.