CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – – WTCI-PBS and the Chattanooga Times Free Press will host a Republican primary Congressional debate for the citizens of the 3rd Congressional District.  Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and the Republican primary challenger, Weston Wamp, have agreed to participate in a debate on July 2nd, 2014 at the WTCI studio at 7540 Bonnyshire Drive.  Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times Free Press Business Editor, will moderate the debate.

Viewers can watch the debate broadcast on Wednesday, July 2nd at 8pm on WTCI or streaming at and

“We’re grateful the candidates have agreed to participate in this debate. It’s our mission to inform viewers about the issues that matter in their lives, and we believe the community’s daily newspaper and the community’s PBS station are a perfect fit in making this a reality,” says Paul Grove, President and CEO of WTCI.

Alison Gerber, Times Free Press Editor, adds “We’re all aware of the ways social media has changed public engagement, and we’re asking the public to collaborate with us to make this debate even better.”  

WTCI and the Times Free Press are looking forward to hosting a second debate after the primary election. All eligible candidates will be invited to participate in a general election debate as the November election approaches.

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