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WVTM 13 to broadcast live Democratic, Republican gubernatorial debates April 11, 12

Top row, left to right: Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Sue Bell Cobb, Former Alabama State Representative James Fields and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox; Bottom row, left to right: Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, evangelist Scott Dawson and Alabama State Senator Bill Hightower / Photos courtesy of campaigns

BIRMINGHAM – Birmingham news station WVTM 13 announced this week that it will broadcast two live debates ahead of Alabama’s June 5 primary election. Candidates for Alabama governor will participate in the one-hour debates.

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 11 at 9 p.m.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, evangelist Scott Dawson and Alabama State Senator Bill Hightower will meet in a Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debate live on Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. Alabama Gov. 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, www.wvtm13.com and affiliated mobile products. The 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 from The Tuscaloosa News.

According to a media release from WVTM, 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 debates will be held at Vulcan Park and Museum in Birmingham.

WVTM 13 is The Cullman Tribune’s Birmingham news partner.

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