For more than 20 years, the Atlanta Press Club, in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting, has been organizing the premier political debates in the state of Georgia. The Atlanta Press Club Debate Series provides the most comprehensive, timely and widely viewed series of political debates during every election year in Georgia.
Previously, the Debate Series was funded from support by the late Tom Watson Brown. In 2011, R. Charles “Charlie” Loudermilk, founder of Aaron’s Inc., pledged $1 million to permanently endow the club’s series of political debates during every election year in Georgia. In honor of Loudermilk’s close friendship with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, the debates are named the Atlanta Press Club’s Loudermilk-Young Debate Series.
In 2020, the Loudermilk-Young Debate Series was viewed around the world as the Atlanta Press Club and Georgia Public Broadcasting (along with CNN, Fox News and others) broadcast the debates between U.S. Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and Raphael Warnock. Jon Ossoff participated in the debates and David Perdue declined to join.
Please see below for updates on 2021 races.
Oct. 12: Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series Hosts Atlanta Municipal Election Debates
ATLANTA, Sept. 23, 2021 – The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series will host debates for Mayor of Atlanta, Atlanta City Council President, and Atlanta City Council Post 3 At-Large. The debates will take place at Georgia Public Broadcasting (260 14th Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318) on Tuesday, October 12.
All candidates who qualify to have their name on the ballot are invited to participate in the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series. Due to Covid restrictions and the number of qualified candidates in the race for Mayor of Atlanta, candidates will be divided into two debates. Candidates polling in the lower half will debate live from 5 – 6 p.m., and those polling in the upper half will debate live from 7 – 8 p.m.
The debates will not be open to the public to view in person.
- To ensure everyone’s health and safety, media will not be allowed in the studio during the debates, but will be able to view the debates live from GPB.
- Media can interview candidates following each debate.
- Media are asked to request credentials by Friday, October 8.
The mayoral debates also will be available for viewers to watch live on GBP-TV, GPB.org, and The Atlanta Press Club Facebook page www.fb.com/TheAtlantaPressClub.
The debates for City Council President and City Council Post 3 At-Large will stream live on The Atlanta Press Club Facebook page and be available on Public Broadcasting Atlanta/WABE Radio on Sunday, October 17. All debates will be available on demand on The Atlanta Press Club Facebook page.
Following is the complete schedule.
More information regarding the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series can be found at https://bit.ly/2Rytgzz.
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Lauri Strauss, The Atlanta Press Club
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