Published: Feb 25, 2014 5:19 AM EST
Updated: Feb 25, 2014 7:03 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The News-Press Media Group and The Chamber of Southwest Florida sponsored the first major political debate of the season today, featuring the Republican Congressional candidates for the seat in the 19th District.

The debate was held at the former Art of the Olympians building.

Confirmed candidates are:

• Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto.

• Paige Kreegel, former state representative.

• Curt Clawson, a businessman and former basketball player at Purdue University.

• Michael Dreikorn, a self-employed businessman.

One Democrat, April Freeman, and one Libertarian, Ray Netherwood, are also vying for this seat. 

Click here to see a breakdown of the candidates in today's debate.