Several Democratic presidential hopefuls will head to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh on Dec. 14 to discuss public education issues at the “Public Education Forum 2020.”
In a release about the event, which will be hosted by a group of unions and activists organizations, they said the candidates will be asked “tough, fair, probing questions” from representatives from their organizations.
“I’m extremely proud of our union membership, community leaders, education activists and public schools all coming together to be a part of this forum,” said Nina Esposito-Visgitis, president of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, in a release about the event. “In Pittsburgh, we try to solve tough education challenges with innovative solutions in a pragmatic, collaborative manner. We won’t shy away from asking tough, fair, probing questions of these candidates.”
The seven candidates that have confirmed their attendance in the forum thus far are fomer Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and progressive billionaire activist Tom Steyer, although more may be added to the event.
Inbox: Pittsburgh will host the first-ever presidential candidate forum focused on education Dec. 14. Eight candidates — including all the “front runners” — have confirmed attendance. pic.twitter.com/sU2DH671Cs
— Julian Routh (@julianrouth) December 2, 2019
Candidates will field questions from representatives from the organizations hosting the event, which will be moderated by MSNBC journalists. Pittsburgh was one of several cities in the running to host the event.
This is not the first time several Democratic presidential candidates have participated in a forum in Pennsylvania. In October, Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Steyer participated in the Justice Votes 2020 town hall, which detailed prison reform in Philadelphia. Biden, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang made their pitch to union workers at the first ever AFL-CIO Workers’ Presidential Summit in Philadelphia in September. In the summer, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Warren participated in the annual Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia.
While several of the candidates have made appearances in Philadelphia, it appears this will be the first campaign appearances for Buttigieg, Harris, Steyer, and Warren in western Pennsylvania.
As the Democrats continue to jockey for support in Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump will be holding a rally in Hershey on Dec. 10.