SIX prominent men who are vying to become the next governor of the State of California will face off on Saturday at the University of Southern California Board Auditorium.
Included in the six gubernatorial candidates are fierce rivals — former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former Lt. Governor and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Other contenders – Travis Allen, John Chiang, John Cox and Delaine Eastin – are also expected to attend.
The six candidates will face off for the first time in a 90-minute discussion around the theme of “Empowering California: A Local Perspective.”
The event, who is to be hosted by the Empowerment Congress, through Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics (USC), is open to the public and will be streamed live on the internet and public radio.
ABC 7 Eyewitness News anchor Marc Brown and KPCC political reporter Mary Plummer will be moderating the event.
After the said town hall meeting, a group of local leaders will sum up and discuss in a subsequent event dubbed as “Festival of Democracy” to further discuss the outcome of the gubernatorial candidates’ face off.
The Bovard Auditorium is located at 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089.