By Kate Giammarise
Hard to believe, but the first Democratic Gubernatorial debate has already been scheduled, PoliticsPA reports today.
It will be hosted by community group Harrisburg Hope on June 5 at the Harrisburg Midtown Scholar Bookstore.
Confirmed debaters so far include candidates Rep. Allyson Schwartz (who will participate remotely due to Congressional obligations); UPDATE: Organizers say Schwartz has not confirmed; John Hanger, a former DEP secretary; Max Myers, a pastor; Tom Wolf, a former state revenue secretary; and an additional candidate "who has yet to officially announce their candidacy," according to PoliticsPA.
The debate will kick off what is expected to be a fairly high-profile race next year, with a plethora of Democrats seeking to unseat a Republican governor with poor poll numbers.
Harrisburg Hope folks couldn't be reached for further details, but the non-partisan group has also extended a courtesy invite to Gov. Corbett, according to PoliticsPA.
UPDATE: Harrisburg Hope describes itself as a community group that strives to foster dialogue and civility by hosting public forums where the community can ask their elected officials questions.
Alan Kennedy-Shaffer, president of Harrisburg Hope, said he hopes the debate can be a forum for discussion of state issues such as the budget, fracking, transportation, education and well as what the next governor will do for Harrisburg.