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The four candidates for Missouri governor will share a stage together for the first time Friday in a forum that will be live on local television.

The Missouri Press Association and KOMU-8 are sponsoring the forum featuring incumbent Republican Gov. Mike Parson, Democratic State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Libertarian candidate Rik Combs and Green Party candidate Jerome Bauer as they discuss their positions on issues affecting the state.

The 2 p.m. forum will be broadcast live on KOMU-8, and the MPA is making available a livestream that its members may feature on their websites.

The forum is being produced in cooperation with the Missouri School of Journalism and will be held at the University of Missouri's Missouri Theatre in Columbia.

The forum will not be open to the public in-person because of the COVID-19 pandemic and limitations on the size of gatherings.

The Associated Press' chief correspondent in Jefferson City, David Lieb, will moderate, and the candidates will be questioned by media members representing KOMU, the Missouri School of Journalism and the MPA.

The forum was originally going to be part of an annual MPA convention and trade show scheduled for the same weekend, but the convention was canceled because of the pandemic.

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