Video: Watch the only debate between candidates for Missouri governor


Photo by Robert Cohen

Gov. Mike Parson enters the stage, passing State Auditor Nicole Galloway before the Missouri gubernatorial debate at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 (Robert Cohen for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

The Missouri Press Association/KOMU-8 2020 Gubernatorial Forum took place Friday, Oct. 9, at the Missouri Theatre. The forum was broadcast and livestreamed across Missouri and nationally on CSPAN.

The forum was the first time and likely only time all four candidates, including Gov. Mike Parson, R; State Auditor Nicole Galloway, D; Libertarian nominee Rik Combs; and Green Party nominee Jerome Bauer share a common stage to discuss their positions on issues affecting the state.

Read the St. Louis Call’s coverage of the forum here.

The forum was not open to the public. The event was subject to COVID-19 safety protocols established by the University of Missouri

David Lieb of The Associated Press moderated the forum. Panelists were: Emily Spain, KOMU; Ruby Bailey, Columbia Missourian; Gary Castor, Jefferson City News Tribune; and Tricia Miller, Washington Missourian.

The Missouri Press Association/KOMU-8 2020 Gubernatorial Forum was originally scheduled for late September as part of the Missouri Press Association’s virtual 154th Annual Convention. It was postponed after Parson was forced to quarantine after he tested positive for COVID-19.

View the video of the forum below: