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Bowie State University Joins University of Maryland and NBC4 to Host Md. Democratic Gubernatorial Debate May 7

April 23, 2014
Contacts: Katie Lawson, UMD, 301-257-0073
Damita Chambers, Bowie State University, 301-860-4311

Democratic Candidates Anthony Brown, Doug Gansler and Heather Mizeur to Square off in Maryland Debate Moderated by
NBC News’ David Gregory

(College Park, Md.) – The University of Maryland, NBC4 Washington, and Bowie State University are pleased to announce that they will host a political debate on Wednesday, May 7 between the three candidates running in the 2014 Maryland Democratic gubernatorial primary election, moderated by David Gregory of NBC News' "Meet the Press." The three panelists include Chris Gordon and Chris Lawrence from News4, and Jenna Johnson from the Washington Post.

The debate between the three Democratic candidates, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur, will focus on the state’s economy, expanding businesses, job creation, education and critical transportation and transit challenges facing Maryland. The debate will be aired live in prime time from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on NBC4 and NBC affiliate WHAG in Maryland.

“Bowie State University is pleased to partner with the University of Maryland and NBC in hosting this Democratic Gubernatorial debate,” said Bowie State President Mickey L. Burnim. “An educated and informed citizenry is important to the electoral process, and our students’ engagement in this event offers a great opportunity for them to see up close the democratic process in action.”

“This is an important opportunity for Maryland voters to hear the candidates’ positions on our state’s most critical concerns, and we are proud to co-host it,” says University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “Broad public education is part of our service mission to the state.”

“NBC4 and NBC News have a legacy of providing strong political content to our viewers both on air and on our digital platforms, said Jackie Bradford,” President and General Manager of NBC4. “The citizens of Maryland – and everyone in our region who likes a good discussion – are sure to enjoy a lively, informative debate that will help them decide the best candidate when they vote.”

The ticketed event will be hosted at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Md.

Media space for this event is limited and available to credentialed media only. Advance media registration is required. To request credentials, please email name(s) and position(s), media affiliation, and full contact information to All media attendance requests will be confirmed within 48 hours of the event. For more details regarding media registration and logistics, please visit

Follow the event on social media with #MdDemDebate.


Bowie State University (BSU) is an important higher education access portal for qualified persons from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds, seeking a high-quality and affordable public comprehensive university. The University places special emphasis on the science, technology, teacher education, business, and nursing disciplines within the context of a liberal arts education. For more information about BSU, visit the website at