Three Democratic candidates for Michigan governor will meet in two televised debates.

The debates will be held June 20 on WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids and July 19 on WDIV-TV in Detroit, said the Michigan Democratic Party.

Democrats Gretchen Whitmer, who has served in the state House and Senate; businessman Shri Thanedar; and Abdul El-Sayed, a doctor and former executive director for the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, have agreed to participate in the debates.

Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillon said the debates will allow the candidates an open forum to share their views on fighting for working families.

"In every corner of the state, Michigan Democrats continue to gain momentum as we remain focused on bringing change to Lansing this November," he said.

Republican candidates for governor have held one debate and are scheduled to have another in June.

The Republican candidates are Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Jim Hines, a Saginaw-area obstetrician.

A joint debate among candidates of both parties will be held next week at the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, which is hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber.


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