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UCLA Will Co-Host Televised Mayoral Debate

The debate at Royce Hall will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 on NBC4.

UCLA will co-host a live televised mayoral debate at the end of this month, with panelists including Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

NBC4 and the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs will also help host the debate at Royce Hall, which will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 on NBC4.

The debate, which will focus mostly on job creation and the economy, will be moderated by NBC4 chief political reporter Conan Nolan. Four mayoral candidates will participate, including City Councilman Eric Garcetti, attorney and radio talk show host Kevin James, City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilwoman Jan Perry, according to UCLA.

Free tickets are available here. UCLA students, faculty and staff can pick up tickets at the Central Ticket Office beginning Wednesday.

Panelists, including Gilliam, will ask the candidates questions during the debate.

"As one of the world's great public research universities and the region's seventh largest employer, UCLA succeeds when Los Angeles succeeds," UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said in a statement. "One of my top priorities has always been to enhance UCLA's connection to the world beyond our campus. Co-hosting a mayoral debate focused on important issues like jobs and the economy follows in that vein, and we're very excited to participate."

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