With more than a year before the election, organizers are already preparing for a 2014 gubernatorial debate in Florida.
The plan is for one hour-long debate (including commercials) between the major candidates in the running to be Florida’s governor. Organizers, including Leadership Florida President Wendy Abberger, said the event will give Floridians a chance to hear directly from candidates in an election she expects will get nationwide attention.
“Floridians will have a front row seat in the most important dialog about the future of our state as they see and hear where the top candidates for governor stand on the issues that matter most,” Abberger said.
To qualify for the debate, candidates must have at least 15-percent of public support in a statewide Mason-Dixon poll. Abberger said that doesn’t necessarily block third-party candidates from joining the debate, but some said it has been a prohibitive factor in the past. The two groups have been producing state-wide gubernatorial debates since 2004.