Silicon Valley Community Foundation announces lottery for tickets to televised gubernatorial debate co-hosted by NBC Bay Area

On May 8 at the California Theatre in San Jose, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and NBC Bay Area/KNTV will host  “Decision 2018: The Race for Governor,” a debate among major candidates running for California governor.

The debate will be moderated by Chuck Todd, NBC News’ Political Director and Moderator of Meet the Press. The debate is scheduled to take place from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time, and will be televised live on KNTV NBC Bay Area (Comcast channel 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11), KSTS Telemundo 48 (Comcast channel 18 and 718 and over-the-air on 48), and simulcast live on KQED radio (FM channel 88.5).

SVCF and NBC Bay Area will announce participating candidates and panel moderators by the end of April.

Because space will be limited and we anticipate high demand, SVCF will hold a lottery for members of the public to obtain tickets to attend the televised debate. Tickets are free.

To enter the lottery, people can go to the event website at and submit the entry form. Sign-ups for the lottery will occur between Tuesday, March 27 and Friday, April 27. Those who are selected via lottery to attend will be notified via email on May 1.

Due to security considerations at the debate venue, all lottery winners will be required to provide identification on the night of the debate to receive their tickets. All purses and bags will also be subject to search prior to attendees entering the venue.

Those who qualify for tickets via the lottery will receive a confirmation email with further information about security, timing and code of conduct for attending the debate.

For more information and to enter the lottery, visit the event website at

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. We engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at

About NBC Bay Area

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week. The station can be seen locally on Comcast 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11. COZI TV, the station’s digital network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast Ch. 186 and over-the-air on 11.2.

Read a press release from SVCF and NBC Bay Area about the debate.