What is the Utah Debate Commission?
Debates are an important venue for voters to gain information about candidates. However, debates between Utah candidates for federal and statewide office are sporadic in nature. In 2012, only one televised debate existed between the two major party candidates for U.S. Senate. The same was true for the gubernatorial race. The considerations about debate scheduling and participation are made by the candidates in light of current electoral considerations rather than the consistent need for voters to gain valuable information about candidates.