The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series

The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series will host the 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 debate for Governor (R) will air live on Thursday, July 12, 2018 and the remaining debates will tape on Thursday, July 12 and air on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

The debates will feature journalists from around the state questioning the candidates. Each debate will air on Georgia Public Broadcasting and will be available for viewers to watch online as they take place and on demand via Facebook Live at and and

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.

To download a PDF of the Loudermilk-Young Debate Series rules, please click here.

2017 Local Runoff Races

Mayor Of Atlanta Runoff Debate
Atlanta City Council President Runoff Debate

2017 Local Races

Mayor of Atlanta General Election
Atlanta City Council President General Election

2017 Special Election

Congressional District 6

2016 General Election

U.S. Senate
Congressional District 3
Public Service Commission (District 2, Eastern)
Opportunity School District Amendment Discussion

2016 Runoff Election Debates

3rd Congressional District - GOP
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