UNC-TV has scheduled a series of gubernatorial forums.
The public television station has sent letters to the five Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates inviting them to participate in a series of three forums before next May's primary.
The forums will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursdays in Research Triangle Park and aired live on UNC-TV. Each will focus on a single topic, based on the results of a recent Elon University Poll which identified the issues North Carolinians said were the most important.
The first, on Jan. 10, will be on the state's economy. The second, on Feb. 7, will focus on health care. The third, on April 24, will cover education.
Each forum will be 60 minutes long, with the time divided equally between Republican and Democratic candidates. A coin toss will determine which party goes first.
The candidates were asked to reply by Oct. 19.