Five debates scheduled for governor, Senate races


Hoosier voters can now submit questions to the Indiana Debate Commission for consideration to be asked of candidates in the governor’s race and U.S. Senate race.

As many as 2,500 free seats will be available at venues across Indiana that have agreed to donate their facilities.

Debate Commission schedule

Confirmed gubernatorial debates with Republican Mike Pence, Libertarian Rupert Boneham and Democrat John Gregg:

Wednesday, Oct. 10: 7 p.m. EDT, Zionsville, Ind., Zionsville Performing Arts Center; live audience with seating for up to 1,200

Wednesday, Oct. 17: 7 p.m. EDT, South Bend, Ind., DeBartolo Performing Arts Center; live audience with seating for up to 840

Thursday, Oct. 25:  7 p.m. EDT, Fort Wayne, Ind., WFWA-TV PBS 39; no live audience

Tentative U.S. Senate debates with Republican Richard Mourdock, Libertarian Andrew Horning and Democrat Joe Donnelly:

Monday, Oct. 15: 7 p.m. EDT, Indianapolis, WFYI-TV; no live audience

Tuesday, Oct. 23: 7 p.m. EDT, New Albany, Paul W. Ogle Cultural & Community Center, Indiana University Southeast; live audience with seating for up to 500

Indiana voters are invited to submit questions on the commission’s website, Click on the links under the “Ask the Candidates” tab.

Members of the commission vet questions, and those who submit may be invited to ask their questions of the candidates in person.

The commission continues to put voters first to engage with candidates in this fall election season, said Max Jones, president of the commission and editor of the Tribune-Star (Terre Haute).

“We had a record number of venues submit applications this year, and we also rely on their generosity to provide free and accessible sites to accommodate public attendance,” Jones said.

The nonprofit commission is the only independent group in the state of Indiana that provides free broadcast satellite feeds for those interested in sharing debates either live or delayed to communities across Indiana.

The commission, supported by the HSPA Foundation, also provides a live stream on its website for debate events and archives all of the taped debates on its website.

Ticket availability and moderators will be an­nounced later. Details about tickets will be posted on the commission’s website and Facebook page.