WDEL's Allan Loudell will be hosting a one-hour debate between candidates for the upcoming special election for Delaware's 10th District Senate seat.
The broadcast, to be held on February 1, 2017, at Middletown High School at 7 p.m., will feature Democrat Stephanie Hansen, Republican John Marino and Libertarian Party candidate Joseph Lanzendorfer, all of whom have agreed to participate.
"Covering the political process and providing information to Delaware voters about the key issues facing the state is one the most important things we do at WDEL," said Mike Reath, Delmarva Broadcasting Company Vice President and WDEL General Manager. "I’m glad that we’re able to provide this public service."
The election will fill the seat vacated by Bethany Hall-Long with her resignation and subsequent inauguration and Delaware's Lt. Governor. The chamber is currently split between 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans.
"We are very happy to be able to facilitate this public dialogue to our audience," said WDEL Director of News and Programming Chris Carl. "This race is particularly compelling because of the effect the outcome will have on the balance of power in the Senate."
The public is invited to attend, though seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The election has been set for Saturday, February 25, 2017.