NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston and NECN in partnership with the Dorchester Reporter and the Bay State Banner, will host, broadcast and livestream a one-hour long live preliminary mayoral debate inside the NBCUniversal Boston Media Center on Wed., Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.
The debate will include the five major candidates on the Sept. 14 ballot: Kim Janey, John Barros, Andrea Campbell, Annissa Essaibi-George and Michelle Wu.
The NBC10 Boston and NECN broadcast airs from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Telemundo Boston will air the debate in Spanish on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 11:30 p.m. The debate will also livestream tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in English on NBC10Boston.com and NECN.com and in Spanish on TelemundoNuevaInglaterra.com.
The candidates are expected to address current issues important to Bostonians including public safety, Covid-19 effects on the community, and the rising costs of living expenses. Questions for the candidates are being prepared by moderator and NBC10 Boston Evening News Anchor, Shannon Mulaire. Viewer questions have been solicited in advance via social media as well as from readers of debate partners, the Dorchester Reporter and the Bay State Banner. Candidates do not see the questions ahead of time.
An extended post-debate roundtable show for streaming audiences will be available from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. exclusively on streaming platforms including: Roku and Apple TV channels as well as NBC10Boston.com, NECN.com, on the NBC10 Boston app and on the station’s social sites including Twitter, Facebook YouTube and Instagram.
The post-debate discussion will be hosted by Sue O’Connell and Raul Martinez and will include analysis from NBC10 Boston political reporter Alison King and reaction from a panel of political experts.
The two candidates who advance to the general election will be invited to participate in another debate this October.