Three major contenders for governor of Maryland reach accord on series of debates

The three major Democratic campaigns for governor of Maryland have reached agreement on the framework for a series of debates in advance of the June 24 primary, they jointly announced Monday.

Under the agreement, there will be three debates among Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery), and one debate among their three running mates.

The debates among the gubernatorial contenders will take place during the weeks of May 5, May 19 and June 2, according to the campaigns. One will take place in the Washington media market, one in the Baltimore market, and the third will be broadcast statewide.

The timing and location of the debate among lieutenant governor candidates are still to be determined, according to the joint statement.

“We are very pleased with the trust and cooperation with which these ongoing negotiations have been conducted, and we remain committed to working together to design a series of debates that meets the goal of informing voters about the issues and the candidates,” the three campaigns said in the joint statement.

The terms have been negotiated through a series of meetings over the past three weeks, the campaigns said.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.

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