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Baker, Gonzalez to clash in 1st gubernatorial debate

This combination of 2018 file photos show Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jay Gonzalez, left, and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, right, in Boston.

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, are preparing to square off in their first debate of the fall campaign.

The one-hour debate is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WBZ-TV studios in Boston. It will be moderated by WBZ political analyst Jon Keller and will include questions submitted in advance by Massachusetts voters.

Baker is seeking his second four-year term on Beacon Hill.

The Democratic nominee was the state’s top budget official under Baker’s predecessor, former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick.

Gonzalez and Baker are scheduled to host two additional debates before the Nov. 6 election.

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Gonzalez has criticized Baker for not agreeing to other proposed debates, including one he called for to be held in western Massachusetts.