After the number of questions raised in this post about the participants of the Beacon “Big 5” Debate, I contacted John Fredericks, Publisher of The Beacon for a comment:
The Beacon Gubernatorial GOP Debate format is designed to allow the candidates to engage each other in substantial policy debate.
Debate participants were chosen based on financial viability. Candidates who had raised more than $250,000 since launching their campaign have been included.
As mentioned before, PeachPundit will be there liveblogging the debate.