Baker, Gonzalez to Clash in 1st Gubernatorial Debate

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, are preparing to square off in their first debate of the fall campaign.

The one-hour debate is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WBZ-TV studios in Boston. It will be moderated by WBZ political analyst Jon Keller and will include questions submitted in advance by Massachusetts voters.

Baker is seeking his second four-year term on Beacon Hill.

The Democratic nominee was the state’s top budget official under Baker’s predecessor, former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick.

Two additional debates are scheduled before the Nov. 6 election.

Gonzalez has criticized Baker for not agreeing to other proposed debates, including one he called for to be held in western Massachusetts.

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