Utah Debate Commission

Elevating the discussion of the most important issues
confronting Utah through a series of candidate debates.

Welcome to the Utah Debate Commission

The Utah Debate Commission is a consortium of higher educational institutions, media organizations, and business and civic leaders dedicated to creating a non-partisan and independent system of debates among qualified candidates for statewide and federal offices in Utah during each election cycle. The purposes of the Utah Debate Commission are to educate voters about viable candidates and their issue positions, promote a civil exchange of ideas among the leading candidates, and elevate the discussion of the most important issues confronting the State of Utah.

Utah Debate Commission 2022 – TBD

Utah Debate Commission General Debates 2022 – TBD

Announcement Coming Soon

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UTAH DEBATE ESSAY CONTEST

In anticipation of the vice presidential debate, the Utah Debate Commission worked with the Utah State Board of Education and Lucid Software to create a curriculum for all K-12 students and held a statewide essay contest. Students from all levels – from kindergarten to college – were invited to submit 300-word essays answering the question: “If you could ask the vice presidential candidates one question, what would you ask and why?”
We are pleased to announce the winning essays from all four age categories:

Debate Commission Live Feeds

4th Congressional District Debate

Monday, October 12, 2020 from 6-7 p.m.
Moderator: Doug Wilks
Candidates: Ben McAdams (D), Burgess Owens (R)

3rd Congressional District Debate

Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 6-7 p.m.
Moderator: David Magleby
Candidates: John Curtis (R), Devin Thorpe (D)

2nd Congressional District Debate

Monday, October 19, 2020 from 6-7 p.m.
Moderator: Pat Jones
Candidates: J. Robert Latham (L), Chris Stewart (R), Kael Weston (D)

Utah Attorney General Debate

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 6-7 p.m.
Moderator: Jennifer Napier-Pearce
Candidates: Sean D. Reyes (R), Greg Skordas (D)

Utah Debate Commission Team

edgar "ed" allen

Former Utah State Senator,
Co-chair

Wayne Neiderhauser

Former Utah State Senate President, CPA, Co-chair

Erik Nielsen

Executive Director

Christie Taylor

Digital Director 

Nate Hill

Producer

UTDC news