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Ben Diamond and Eric Lynn to engage in radio debate on August 25

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Eric Lynn and Ben Diamond, the two Democrats running for the House District 68 seat in Pinellas County, have agreed to participate in their one and only one-on-one debate before the Aug. 30 primary.

It will be broadcast live on WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa, on the station’s MidPoint program this Thursday, Aug. 25 at noon, to be moderated by this reporter.

Other than a June Suncoast Tiger Bay forum (where they appeared with Republican HD 68 candidate JB Benshimen), the candidates have not engaged in a traditional debate, though they have appeared together at various neighborhood association events.

In early July, Diamond announced he was challenging Lynn to as many as five to seven debates he hoped the two could engage in before the Aug. 30 primary. Although Lynn immediately accepted the challenge, a communications breakdown resulted in nothing being scheduled between the two Democrats — until now.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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