Perkins, Mast To Meet In Televised Congressional Debate

The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Republican candidate Brian Mast and Democratic candidate Randy Perkins have agreed to participate in an 18th Congressional District debate Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Palm Beach State College’s Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens.

The debate will air live on WPEC-Channel 12 (CBS) from 7 to 8 p.m. in the West Palm Beach television market, comprising households in Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.

This is the third debate produced and hosted by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce. PBSC’s Student Government Association will serve as a co-host. In 2014, the chamber produced and hosted the only 18th Congressional District debate with an audience, and the chamber also hosted a County Commission District 1 debate in 2012.

“We are thrilled to be producing yet another debate of District 18 candidates,” Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce CEO Beth Kigel said. “This district represents Palm Beach North communities, as well as the Treasure Coast, which have unique needs, challenges and opportunities. This is a great opportunity for voters and the greater community to understand where each candidate stands on these important topics.”

The debate’s presenting sponsor is the Hanley Center Foundation. Supporting the debate is facility host Palm Beach State College and WPEC’s parent company, Sinclair Broadcasting. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the Palm Beach North Chamber for more information.

The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization whose more than 900 members represent employees in business, industry and government. Its mission is to be the unified voice of business, driving sustainable growth and prosperity. The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce focuses on economic development through its active role in business advocacy, providing meaningful member services to support their growth and improving the quality of life for local residents. To learn more, call (561) 746-7111 or visit