BURLINGTON -- On Thursday, Oct. 4, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Vermont Public Television will present the first in a weekly series of four live candidate debates for statewide offices, beginning with the race for governor. VPT will broadcast the debate statewide and webcast it on vpt.org.

The candidates and their affiliations are Randy Brock, Republican; Dave Eagle, Liberty Union; Cris Ericson, United States Marijuana; Emily Peyton, independent; and Peter Shumlin, Democratic.

Moderator Stewart Ledbetter will include selected questions from the public among those he asks. VPT invites people to call 802-655-8046 up to the day before the debate and follow the prompts to record a question. The question must be one that can be addressed to all of the candidates for the office. VPT is also taking questions by email at connect@vpt.org.

The other debates in October are: Oct. 11, 8 p.m. -- Vermont Lieutenant Governor; Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. -- U.S. House; Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. -- U.S. Senate.