Tudor Dixon, Gretchen Whitmer will debate twice in October

Gubernatorial candidates Gretchen Whitmer and Tudor Dixon will be meeting for two debates in October, it was announced yesterday.

Dixon’s campaign had previously agreed to an Oct. 13 debate in Grand Rapids. They’ve now also agreed to an Oct. 25 debate at 7 p.m. on the campus of Oakland University.

Both debates will be televised by multiple channels throughout lower Michigan.

Whitmer’s campaign had agreed to two debates on those dates, apparently without consulting or negotiating with Dixon’s campaign, who agitated for a debate before absentee ballots were in the hands of voters.

That never happened.

“Gretchen Whitmer continues to hide from voters and delayed another debate to the end of this month,” Dixon wrote on Twitter. “While I’m disappointed in her inability to debate before absentee ballots went out, I’m eager to know where she stands on every issue.”

More than two weeks later, Dixon’s campaign agreed to the closer of those two dates, Oct. 13, but leaving the possibility of a second debate up in the air.

Dixon has now agreed to both dates originally accepted by Whitmer’s campaign.

The second debate will have three moderators: WXYZ’s Chuck Stokes, WSYM′s Elle Meyers and WXMI’s Doug Reardon. WOOD political reporter Rick Albin will moderate the first debate at 7 p.m. Oct. 13.

Whitmer and Dixon will also be at the Detroit Economic Club Oct. 21, but will not debate. Each will appear individually and answer questions before an audience.