Debates Hosted by PPI

Fall 2018

From August 8-9, 2016, the Public Policy Institute partnered with WJXT Channel 4 to host a gubernatorial primary debate and town hall forum in the Terry Concert Hall at 8:00 p.m. nightly.

Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debate August 8 

This debate took place on August 8, 2018, and aired on WJXT Channel 4 at 8 p.m. Candidates were Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam, and Congressman Ron DeSantis. The full hour-long debate was also streamed live on News4Jax.com and can be found here

Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Town Hall Forum August 9

This town hall forum took place on August 9, 2018, and aired on WJXT Channel 4 at 8 p.m. Candidates were Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham, businessmen Jeff Greene and Chris King, and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. The full hour-long town hall forum also streamed live on News4Jax.com and can be found here.

Fall 2016

From August 16-18, 2016, the Public Policy Institute partnered with WJXT Channel 4 to host candidate debates in Swisher Theater at 8:00 p.m. nightly.

​State Attorney, Fourth Judicial Circuit Of Florida August 16

This debate aired on Sunday August 28 at 5 p.m. Candidates included The Honorable Angela Corey (incumbent), Melissa Nelson, and Wes White.​ Watch the debate online, or take a look at the Post-Debate Coverage.

​U.S. Representative, Fourth Congressional District Of Florida August 17

Televised live from the Jacksonvill​e University campus, candidates included The Honorable Bill McClure, The Honorable Lake Ray, John Rutherford, and Hans Tanzler. Click here to watch the debate online.

​U.S. Representative, Fifth Congressional District Of Florida August 18

Televised live from the Jacksonville University campus, candidates included The Honorable Corrine Brown (incumbent), LaShonda "L.J." Holloway, and The Honorable Al Lawson, Jr.​ Click here to watch the debate online.

Spring 2015

In the spring of 2015, the Public Policy Institute partnered with WJXT Channel 4 to host televised debates in the Jac​ksonville Mayoral and Sheriffs elections. Held in the Jacksonville University Terry Concert Hall, the debates were attended by students, faculty, and leadership ​along with local elected officials and campaign supporters.

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