Date Selected For First Gubernatorial Debate

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The first debate will be held at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. The first debate will be held at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis.

The first of three potential debates among the major candidates vying to be the state's next governor has been set for next month. The Indiana Debate Commission says Libertarian Rex Bell, Democrat John Gregg and Republican Eric Holcomb have expressed interest in additional debates this fall.

The inaugural debate is scheduled for September 27 at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. It will fall the day after this year's first presidential debate. If agreed upon, the other debates will be sometime in October. The Indiana Debate Commission has held televised debates for gubernatorial and senatorial candidates since 2008.

President Dan Byron says "we are encouraged that the candidates acknowledge our intention to present three debates so they can share directly with voters how they would work to help shape the future of Indiana." He adds the first debate will be held during school hours and webcast live. “Being involved in an event such as this is a new experience for the debate commission. We're excited to be part of an event that helps young people better understand our democratic system of electing our top officials in government, and we are pleased that the three candidates also recognize this opportunity."

The first debate will be town hall-style with high school students, teachers and administrators and be moderated by University of Indianapolis assistant political science professor Laura Merrifield Albright. The commission is also working on two televised debates with senate candidates Democrat Evan Bayh, Libertarian Lucy Brenton and Republican Todd Young.

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