KERA Public Broadcasting today released details for the first live, statewide televised debate among the four Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor.
The debate will be held at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at KERA studios in Dallas.
The hour-long Texas Debates: Race for Lieutenant Governor will air live on radio and television stations across the state and will be streamed online. A Spanish language translation will also be broadcast.
Incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst faces three elected officials in his effort to gain his party’s nomination on March 4 and keep his job.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples are challenging Dewhurst.
All four of the GOP candidates have confirmed they’ll take part in the debate, which is being moderated by KERA Managing Editor Shelley Kofler.
Journalists questioning the candidates include Norma García with Telemundo 39/KXTX-TV; Peggy Fikac, the Austin bureau chief for the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle; and Ross Ramsey, executive editor of The Texas Tribune.
The Texas Debates is produced by KERA in partnership with NBC 5/KXAS-TV, Telemundo 39/KXTX-TV, the Texas Association of Broadcasters, The Texas Tribune, the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, Houston Public Media, KUT 90.5 Austin, Texas State Networks and the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.