U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried face off Thursday in the Florida gubernatorial debate.
“Decision 2022: Democratic Debate for Governor of Florida”, an hour-long, is presented by Telemundo 51 and NBC 6 starting at 7 pm on both channels and their digital platforms, in addition to select stations of NBC and Telemundo in Florida . Look here the list of stations,
The debate will be moderated by bilingual journalists Marilys Llanos, lead reporter for Telemundo 51 and presenter of the show Conexión Político, and Jackie Nespral, presenter for NBC 6.
Crist and Fried are locked in a competitive primary race for the Democratic nomination against Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who is seeking a second term.
The primary election will be held on August 23.
Fried is currently the only Democrat elected to a state executive position. After being elected in 2018, Fried has advocated for gun control legislation and the legalization of marijuana.
In 2020, Fried rose to national prominence as one of the keynote speakers at the Democratic National Convention.
Before being elected to agriculture commissioner, Fried, 44, worked first as a lawyer and later as a lobbyist for Walt Disney World, the marijuana industry and the Broward County School Board.
Fried is a Miami native and a graduate of the University of Florida.
Crist, who previously held the state’s top job, wants to return to his job at the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee.
Crist won the gubernatorial race in 2006 as a Republican candidate, but decided not to seek re-election in 2010. He launched an unsuccessful campaign for the US Senate as an independent candidate, and in 2014 lost the gubernatorial election as a Democratic candidate. .
The 65-year-old political veteran has held a variety of positions in his career and is currently a federal congressman representing the St. Petersburg area.
Crist has been a state senator, state education commissioner and attorney general.
Crist is a graduate of Florida State University (FSU) and Stanford University School of Law.