All six candidates in the Democratic mayoral-primary field will field a wide array of questions on Monday morning at a debate co-sponsored by WHYY, the Committee of Seventy, the Philadelphia Business Journal and Young Involved Philadelphia.
The event, which runs from 8:30 to 10 a.m., will be livestreamed (both audio and video) from WHYY’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons (150 N. Sixth St.) An audio only feed is available via this link as well.
The moderators — David Thornburgh (CEO, Committee of Seventy), Craig Ey (editor-in-chief, Philadelphia Business Journal) and Katie Colaneri (reporter, WHYY) — will lead an event featuring four types of questions.
They are long answers for a grouping of three candidates, short answers on a query posed to all candidates, individual issues based on their records and one picked randomly from a fishbowl beforehand. All the questions will focus on leadership and managerial styles, not the issues that have dominated most debates so far.
There is a bit of a twist in the format:
Per WHYY news guru Chris Satullo, “each candidate gets one chance during the entire forum to jump in on the discussion of a long-answer question that wasn’t addressed to him or her. Once they use up their chance, they are not permitted to jump in on another discussion.”
The debate will wrap up with one-minute closing statements from Lynne Abraham, Nelson Diaz, Jim Kenney, Doug Oliver, T. Milton Street Sr. and Anthony Hardy Williams.
Doors open at 8 a.m. and attendees (registration is closed) are asked to be seated in time for the event’s 8:30 a.m. start. Want to Tweet about the event itself? Use the hashtag #NextMayorPHL.