The Dorchester Reporter is partnering with NBC10 Boston and its affiliates, as well as the Bay State Banner, for a televised mayoral debate set for Wednesday, Sept. 8, days before the preliminary election.
The hour-long live debate will be broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. on NBC10 and New England Cable News (NECN) and Telemundo’s website. The debate will air in Spanish on Telemundo Boston at a later date.
The preliminary election is set for Tuesday, Sept. 14. The five major candidates running for mayor are Acting Mayor Kim Janey, former city economic development official John Barros, and City Councillors Andrea Campbell, Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu.
“The Reporter is pleased to partner with our colleagues at NBC10 Boston, NECN, Telemundo Boston and the Bay State Banner for this debate,” said Bill Forry, executive editor and publisher of the Reporter. “We intend to engage our readership to help bring a unique neighborhood lens to the event, which could well be a decisive moment in this competitive election for the most powerful position in city government.”
The debate will take place at the NBCUniversal Boston Media Center in Needham. Morning news anchor Latoyia Edwards, a Dorchester native, will moderate.
Viewer questions will be solicited through social media and from readers of the Reporter and the Banner.
“Debates are essential to the decision-making process for our future,” said Ben Dobson, vice president of news for NBC10 Boston, NECN, Telemundo Boston and NBC Sports Boston. “With 4 stations, and over 20 platforms we are uniquely positioned to help inform Boston communities with the information they’ll need to cast their best vote.”
A post-debate roundtable will run from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on streaming platforms, including Roku and Apple TV, as well as NBC affiliate websites. Sue O’Connell and Raul Martinez will host the roundtable.