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Cox, Peterson set for Sept. 29 faceoff after Utah Debate Commission releases schedule

By Graham Dudley, | Posted - Jul. 31, 2020 at 10:22 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Debate Commission Friday announced the schedule for debates it will hold ahead of the Nov. 3 general election for state and national races.

Notably, the commission reaffirmed the Oct. 7 date for the vice-presidential debate at the University of Utah and slated the debate between governor candidates for Tuesday, Sept. 29. That may be the only major public exchange between GOP nominee Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Chris Peterson, a U. law professor and the Democratic nominee.

The debates will be carried on local news channels, as well as streamed online and on Facebook. They will also be available for viewing online after they air.

“We are excited for the upcoming debates and the important role they play in helping us understand where candidates stand on the most important issues facing Utah and this nation,” said Wayne Niederhauser, Utah Debate Commission co-chair, in a news release.

Co-chair Karen Hale also praised the "historic opportunity" to host the vice-presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and the choice of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. “We encourage all Utahns to engage in the electoral process by listening to the candidates and learning about their positions regarding the most important topics of our time, and then exercise the right to vote," she said.

Here is a full lineup of the Debate Commission schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 24

1st Congressional District: Blake Moore (R) vs. Darren Parry (D)

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Utah Governor: Spencer Cox (R) vs. Chris Peterson (D)

Thursday, October 1

Utah Attorney General: Sean Reyes (R, incumbent) vs. Greg Skordas (D)

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Vice-Presidential Debate: Mike Pence (R, incumbent) vs. TBD

Monday, Oct. 12

4th Congressional District: Burgess Owens (R) vs. Ben McAdams (D, incumbent)

Thursday, Oct. 15

3rd Congressional District: John Curtis (R, incumbent) vs. Devin Thorpe (D)

Monday, Oct. 19

2nd Congressional District: Chris Stewart (R, incumbent) vs. Kael Weston (D)

Members of the public can submit questions for the candidates prior to the debates at

Graham Dudley

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