Press Release - May 1, 2018

Silicon Valley Community Foundation And NBC Bay Area Announce Lineup For Gubernatorial Debate On May 8

SAN JOSE, CA – (May 1, 2018)Silicon Valley Community Foundation and NBC Bay Area / KNTV today announced the participating candidates for the gubernatorial debate “Decision 2018: The Race for Governor,” on Tuesday, May 8, moderated by Chuck Todd, NBC News’ Political Director and Moderator of Meet the Press.

Candidates were invited to participate in the May 8 debate based on the averages of two polls conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California and one poll conducted by Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The results of these three independent, statewide polls were averaged. Silicon Valley Community Foundation and NBC Bay Area have invited candidates that polled above an average of five percent to participate in the May 8 debate.

To access polling information, please visit Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s website or click here.

The following six candiates will take the stage on May 8 for “Decision 2018: The Race for Governor” debate:

  • Travis Allen
  • John Chiang
  • John Cox
  • Delaine Eastin
  • Gavin Newsom
  • Antonio Villaraigosa

The May 8 debate will focus on a series of issues impacting Californians, including housing,  transportation, the environment, immigration/DACA, education, and issues affecting children. The first 30 minutes of the debate will focus largely on issues facing Northern California, followed by an hour of discussion on issues facing the whole state. NBC Bay Area Anchor Raj Mathai, Telemundo 48 Reporter Paola Reyes, San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Page Editor John Diaz and KQED Senior Editor, California Politics & Government Scott Shafer comprise the panel questioning the candidates.

“Decision 2018: The Race for Governor” is scheduled to take place at the California Theatre in downtown San Jose from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM PT. The debate will be televised live on NBC owned stations KNTV NBC Bay Area (Comcast channel 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11), KNBC NBC4 Southern California (over-the-air and cable channel 4), KNSD NBC 7 San Diego (cable channel 7 and over-the-air on 39), Telemundo owned station KSTS Telemundo 48 starting at 7 PM (Comcast channel 18 and 718 and over-the-air on 48), KSBY Central Coast (over-the-air on channel 6), KSEE Central Valley (over-the-air on channel 24) and broadcast live on KQED radio (FM channel  88.5). The debate will be offered for live broadcast on television and radio throughout California by stations affiliated with NBC, Telemundo, and NPR.

Viewers can submit suggested questions for the candidates by sending them to @nbcbayarea and @siliconvalleycf on twitter and include the hashtag #CAGovDebate, some of the questions will be selected to ask the candidates during the live broadcast of the debate on May 8.

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.

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