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.
Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series Hosts 2022 State and Federal Election Debates
ATLANTA, May 31, 2022 – The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series will host primary election runoff debates for Secretary of State (D), Lt. Governor (D), Insurance Commissioner (D), Labor Commissioner (D) and U.S. Congressional Districts Two (R), Six (R), and Ten (R) on Monday, June 6, 2022.
The debates are not open to the general public but will be available for viewers to watch live on GPB.org and The Atlanta Press Club Facebook page www.fb.com/TheAtlantaPressClub.
Media are asked to request credentials by Friday, June 3. (See contacts below.)
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Candidates who qualify with the Georgia Secretary of State
to appear on the ballot by name are invited to participate in the debate.
Candidates who suspend their campaign or drop out of the race before the debate
are no longer eligible to participate.
Candidates who decline to participate in a debate will be
represented by an empty podium.
Each panel is made up of politically neutral journalists – a moderator who
leads the debate and panelists who ask the questions. The moderator also may
question the candidates. The questions are their own; neither the press club nor
the candidates know the questions in advance.
Candidates do not make opening statements but the moderator provides a brief
introduction for each candidate. Props and electronic devices are not allowed on
set, but notes and a notepad are allowed. Candidates are questioned in random
order in each round. Candidates do not know the order in advance.
- Round 1: Each candidate is asked at least one question by a panelist.
- Round 2: Each candidate asks at least one question to at least of one opponent.
Candidates asking the question have time for a rebuttal in this round.
- Round 3: The panelists take turns asking a question to the candidate of his/her
choice until time runs out. The moderator determines when a rebuttal is appropriate.
- Closing Statements: Each candidate makes a closing statement.
- Timing: Length of time to answer questions and give closing statements varies
depending on how many candidates participate and the length of debate.