The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series will host general election debates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Senate special election, Congressional Districts 5, 6, 7, 9; Public Service Commission Districts 1 and 4; and Commission Chair for Cobb and Gwinnett Counties. The debate series will take place on October 12, 13, 14 and 19, 2020. Candidates who qualify with the Secretary of State’s office to have their names on the ballot are invited to participate in our debates.
The Atlanta Press Club will partner with Georgia Public Broadcasting for the statewide debates and Public Broadcasting Atlanta/WABE 90.1 for the local races. The debates will be available for viewers to watch online live or on demand via Facebook at www.fb.com/TheAtlantaPressClub.
The debates airing on Georgia Public Broadcasting also will be available on GPB.org and GPB-TV. The debates airing on Public Broadcasting Atlanta will be available on WABE.org and WABE 90.1.
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.