The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series hosted primary election debates for U.S. Senate, Congressional Districts 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and Public Service Commission District 4. The debate series took place on Sunday, May 3, 2020, and Monday, May 4, 2020.
All candidates who qualify with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office to have their name on the ballot are invited to participate in the debates.
The primary election will be held on June 9, 2020. An updated version of debate rules reflecting the online format can be viewed here.
The Atlanta Press Club has partnered with the nonpartisan nonprofit Informing to Empower to make it easier for voters to know where candidates stand on specific issues. Click the links below to hear how the candidates responded to their questions during the Loudermilk-Young primary debate series.
History of the Loudermilk-Young Debate Series
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.
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.
Previously, the Debate Series was funded from support by the late Tom Watson Brown.