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Furman hosts Gubernatorial Debate
McAlister Auditorium
October 21, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Students, Faculty and Staff invited to attend

Furman students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a 2014 South Carolina gubernatorial debate, which will be televised live from Furman’s McAlister Auditorium on Tuesday, October 21 , from 7 – 8 pm.

Tickets are free but are limited in number because most seats in the auditorium will be blocked by television cameras. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis Monday, Oct. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the ground floor of the Trone Student Center near the bookstore. The limit is two tickets per person. Any remaining tickets will be available from 2-4 p.m. on Monday in the same location.

The debate, which will be broadcast live statewide, will focus on education and health care. All five gubernatorial hopefuls are expected to participate, including Republican incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley, Democrat Vincent Sheheen, Independent Tom Ervin, Libertarian Steve French and United Citizens Party candidate Morgan Bruce Reeves.

The gubernatorial debate at Furman is one of two that will take place in the state during October. Charleston Southern University will also host a debate Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. that will focus on jobs, the economy and growth. The election is November 4.

The debates are co-sponsored by The Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston, WCIV-TV in Charleston, WACH-TV in Columbia, WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach and WLOS-TV/WMYA-TV in Greenville. Questions and topics will be offered by a panel of two journalists from the newspaper and two from the broadcast partners.
The broadcast stations will televise the debates live, and they also will be streamed on all of the sponsors’ websites.

For more information, contact Judy McKenney in the Riley Institute at Furman, at 864-294-3546 or