San Rafael college chosen to host gubernatorial debate in October

Local NBC stations agree to broadcast debate

Dominican University in Marin County's San Rafael has been chosen to host the 2010 gubernatorial debate in October, it was announced yesterday.

Although it's expected that State Attorney General Jerry Brown will be chosen in the June 8 primary as the Democratic Party candidate for governor, the Republican candidate is still not certain. Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is currently considered the front-runner over state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poisner in the GOP primary.

"Of particular importance to us is the prospect of involving so

many young people. As we saw during the 2008 Presidential race, college students can play a significant role in the electoral process," Dominican President Joseph Fink said.

Dominican and the NBC network-owned California stations have

agreed to air the debate live throughout the state on NBC Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego stations which combined reach 72 percent of the state's television viewers.

"I believe that this debate will be one of the most watched

conversations on a state and national level," said Phil Alongi, executive producer for the debate.

Dominican University is an independent university with an

enrollment of roughly 2,000 students. The debate will take place at Angelico Hall, a music conservatory that was built in 1921.

Given the outcome of the June 8 primary ballot, invitations to major candidates will be made in the fall.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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