Indy-area high school to host first governor’s race debate

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The three candidates vying for Indiana governor have just over a month to prepare for the first of three planned gubernatorial debates.

The Indiana Debate Commission announced Tuesday that the first debate is Sept. 27 at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, the day after the first scheduled presidential debate.

Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rex Bell “have expressed interest” in participating, the commission says. The commission is also currently trying to schedule televised debates for the U.S. Senate race.

The gubernatorial debate will be held during the school day in a town-hall style format with high school students, teachers and administrators in attendance. Some of the questions will be posed by students and will have to do with education.

The commission intends the event as an educational program, and it will be webcast live to schools around the state and made available later for television broadcasting. University of Indianapolis political science professor Laura Merrifield Albright will moderate.

“We are encouraged that the candidates acknowledge our intention to present three debates so they can share directly with voters how they would work to help shape the future of Indiana,” said Dan Byron, president of the debate commission.

The two other gubernatorial debates will be in October, held in the evening and broadcast on TV. The details for those are forthcoming.

The commission also plans two televised U.S. Senate debates among Democrat Evan Bayh, Republican Todd Young and Libertarian Lucy Brenton. Those dates haven't been set.


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