- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Democrat Jim Justice and Republican Bill Cole will participate in two October debates in the West Virginia governor’s race.

Justice, a billionaire businessman, announced Friday he’ll join the West Virginia Press Association debate on Oct. 4 and the West Virginia Broadcasters Association debate on Oct. 11.

Both will take place at the Clay Center in Charleston and only include Cole and Justice. West Virginia Public Broadcasting and AARP West Virginia are also hosting the Press Association debate.

Cole, the state Senate president, previously accepted both invitations.

Cole had challenged Justice to seven debates statewide on different topics, from coal to infrastructure.

Justice said Friday he’ll discuss jobs and education ideas during the debates.

Mountain Party candidate Charlotte Pritt and Libertarian David Moran round out the ballot for the governor’s race.

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