District 18 Congressional Debate

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce (PBN Chamber of Commerce) is proud to announce the District 18 Congressional Debate- to be held on October 16 at the Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens.

The debate will be broadcast unedited and in its entirety on Saturday, October 20th on CBS12.com and on CBS12 News from 7-8 p.m. in the West Palm Beach television market, which is comprised of households in Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. 

This is the fourth debate produced and hosted by the PBN Chamber of Commerce and the second televised debate.  The PBN Chamber of Commerce first partnered with CBS12 News in 2016 and looks forward to a repeat this year.  In 2014, the Chamber produced the only District 18 Congressional Debate with an audience, and in 2012 produced the County Commission, District 1 Debate. Palm Beach State has hosted all four debates.

The race for the Congressional District 18 seat, held by incumbent Brian Mast, is of national importance and has been identified as a priority for both the Republican and Democratic Parties.

 “We are excited to bring yet another Congressional Debate to our Palm Beach North stakeholders and viewers throughout Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast,” says PBN Chamber of Commerce CEO Beth Kigel. “There are certainly unique characteristics throughout the District, and it is our priority to ensure that candidates have the opportunity to provide their perspectives on promoting the economic vitality and prosperity of Palm Beach North, Florida’s District 18 and the nation.” 

CBS12 News anchor Liz Quirantes will moderate the debate which will be available to viewers in the 38th largest television market in the nation including 825 thousand TV Households and more than 1.5 million adults 18+.

 “At CBS12 News, local news is at the heart of the station. It is our continuous commitment to serve the local communities,” said Michael Pumo, CBS12 News General Manager. “One of our most important roles is sharing relevant information with our audiences. Broadcasting this debate is another testament to our dedication to serving the people of South Florida.”

“Too often the public only hears complicated policy issues in 15 second sound bite form,” said Adam Henning, News Director CBS12 News. “The opportunity to have viewers hear an open and unedited exchange of ideas is something we are very proud to be a part of. It is also a responsibility we take seriously.”

Palm Beach State is continuing its involvement to promote education and dialogue and encourage student participation.  The College’s Student Government Association will be mentored by the PBN Chamber of Commerce.

“As a higher education institution, it is vitally important that we educate our students on the importance of being active participants in the democratic process,’’ said Ava L. Parker, PBSC president. “We are pleased to host this debate on our campus and give our students an opportunity to get involved.”

Hanley Foundation will serve as the presenting sponsor of the District 18 Congressional Debate. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce for more information. 

Information regarding the debate can be viewed at www.pbnchamber.com

About the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce:
The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce covers 10 municipalities – Juno Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Lake Park, Mangonia Park, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Riviera Beach and Tequesta – that together are Palm Beach North. The Chamber is one of the largest and most active business organizations in Southeast Florida. The Chamber fosters a partnership of private, public, education and civic organizations working together to ensure Palm Beach North is Florida’s “Prosperity Coast”. The Chamber’s four strategic imperatives are: A Prosperous Economy, High Quality of Life for all residents, a Smart and Connected Region, and Regional Leadership.  For more information visit: www.pbnchamber.com.

About Palm Beach State:
Serving 49,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, providing bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, professional certificates, career training and lifelong learning. Established in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college, Palm Beach State offers more than 130 programs of study at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu.

About CBS12 News:
CBS12 News serves audiences through various local market brands and is a leading news provider in South Florida. CBS12 News is an award-winning organization dedicated to telling empowering stories. The station distributes content via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. CBS12 News regularly uses its website as a key source of information distribution. For more information, turn to www.cbs12.com.

Criteria for Participation in the 2018 Florida Congressional District 18 Debate produced by Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce

Statement of Purpose

Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (PBNC) is producing a televised debate among selected 2018 Florida candidates in the General Election race for Florida’s Congressional District 18. The participation criteria for the Debate are explained below.

Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership organization.

PBNC is a private corporate entity and is not a state / county actor, agent or agency. The debate will be financed by private funding provided by PBNC and debate sponsors.

The goal of the Debate is to offer the citizens of Florida’s Congressional District 18 an opportunity, in a broad-ranging debate format, to learn about, compare, and carefully consider candidates with a threshold level of support from whom Florida voters will elect a United States Congressman.  In order to achieve this goal, PBNC adopts these Candidate Eligibility Criteria (“Criteria”) for identifying those candidates who will be allowed to participate in the Debate. It is the intent of PBNC that the Criteria comply with all applicable legal requirements and that candidate participation in the Debate will be based upon the application of established, objective criteria as expressed in the Criteria.

2018 Florida Congressional District 18 Debate

The televised general election debate will occur on October 16, 2018, at Eissey Campus Theater, Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  Palm Beach State College is the Debate Site Host.  Palm Beach State College has not played any role in developing these Criteria and will not play any role in eligibility determinations or in the direction and production of the Debate.

Candidate Selection Criteria

  1. To qualify to be invited to participate in the Debate, a candidate must satisfy the following criteria:
    • The candidate must satisfy all of the eligibility requirements of the governing body responsible for the elections.
    • The candidate must be legally qualified for and registered to participate as a candidate in the 2018 State of Florida United States Congressional District 18 general election.
    • The candidate has been elected as one of the two party nominees elected in Florida’s August 28, 2018 primary election. If the candidate has not been elected as one of the two party nominees in Florida’s August 28, 2018 primary election, then Criteria 1.D. applies.
    • Candidates not meeting the criteria of 1.C. above must meet the following polling thresholds in these rules:
      • A qualifying candidate must have at least 15% support (based on a credible statistical sample size among all likely voters who will participate in the general election as determined by a poll conducted by a credible and reputable independent poll). Such poll shall be conducted, completed and in the possession of the PBNC between September 1, 2018 and 5 p.m. September 30, 2018. It is the responsibility of the candidate to deliver the poll to PBNC. If such a candidate meets the other criteria set forth in these Rules, that candidate would qualify to be invited to participate in the Debate.
    • The candidate and his/her campaign representatives must agree in writing, on behalf of the candidate and the campaign, to abide by all rules concerning the conduct of the debate.
    • For purposes of these rules, the term “independent poll” means a poll that is not commissioned or performed by or on behalf of a candidate or the supporter of a candidate or by or on behalf of a political party.  PBNC reserves the sole and absolute discretion to determine whether a poll is reputable and independent and will be used to determine eligibility.  In making such determination, PBNC will consider, without limitation, factors such as the pollster’s experience, whether the pollster is a member of any polling or political consultant professional organizations, whether and the extent to which the pollster has been hired by media or other nonpartisan organizations to do national, statewide or congressional district polling with published results.
  1. The deadline to meet the requirements of these Rules for participation in the Debate is September 30, 2018.  PBNC will advise qualifying candidates of their eligibility to participate in the Debate shortly thereafter.
  2. PBNC will not accept any other polling results, specifically including but not limited to any polling results paid for or otherwise obtained, directly or indirectly, by a candidate, a candidate’s campaign, or any supporter of the candidate.
  3. PBNC or its designee may cancel, postpone, or reschedule this Debate in their sole discretion. PBNC is not responsible or otherwise liable for any cost or expense of any candidate in the event PBNC cancels, postpones, or reschedules this debate.

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