The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series held runoff election debates for Governor (R), Lt. Governor (R), Secretary of State (R), State School Superintendent (D), Congressional Districts 6 (D) and 7 (D). The debates featured journalists from around the state questioning the candidates. Each debate aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting and is available for viewers to watch online via Facebook at www.fb.com/TheAtlantaPressClub and GPB.org and GPBNews.org.
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.
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.