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Atlanta Press Club to hold debates in major races, including Senate and governor

A polling place sign in the 2021 election. (File Photo by Emilia Weinrobe.)

By John Ruch

The Atlanta Press Club will host debates in many major federal and state races — including a U.S. Senate seat and the Governor’s office — Oct. 16 through 18.

Part of the Loudermilk-Young Debate Series, the debates also will include candidates for lieutenant governor, Georgia secretary of state, insurance and safety fire commissioner, state school superintendent, and U.S. Congressional Districts 1, 2, 6, 7, 10, 13 and 14. The election is scheduled for Nov. 8.

Most candidates have confirmed their attendance, including in the high-profile clash between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican incumbent Brian Kemp in the gubernatorial race.

Republican candidate Hershel Walker has yet to confirm or decline attendance in the nationally watched race for a U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Raphael Warnock. Libertarian Chase Oliver and Warnock have both confirmed their participation.

Also unconfirmed at press time are District 13 incumbent U.S. Rep. David Scott and District 6 incumbent U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, who is running in the neighboring District 7 after redistricting. The only candidate to have explicitly declined to appear is Mike Collins, a Republican running for the District 10 Congressional seat.

The debates will be available on live-stream and on-demand video on the Press Club Facebook page and the Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) website. GPB-TV also will broadcast the debates in the races for U.S. Senate, governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state.

The following is the schedule of each debate. All times are for the livestream except where a GPB-TV broadcast is noted.

U.S. Senate 

  • Oct. 16, 7 p.m. (livestream and GPB-TV broadcast): Chase Oliver (Libertarian), Hershel Walker (Republican; attendance unconfirmed); Raphael Warnock (Democrat; incumbent)

Congressional Districts

  • District 6
    Oct. 16, 10 a.m.: Bob Christian (Democrat) and Rich McCormick (Republican)
  • District 7
    Oct. 16, 11:15 a.m.: Mark Gonsalves (Republican) and Lucy McBath (Democrat; attendance unconfirmed)
  • District 2
    Oct. 16, 1:45 p.m.: Sanford Bishop (Democrat) and Chris West (Republican)
  • District 13
    Oct. 16, 3:45 p.m.: Caesar Gonzales (Republican) and David Scott (Democrat; incumbent; attendance unconfirmed)
  • District 14
    Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m.: Marcus Flowers (Democrat) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Republican; incumbent)
  • District 10
    Oct. 17, 11 a.m.: Mike Collins (Republican; attendance declined) and Tabitha Johnson-Green (Democrat)
  • District 1
    Oct. 18, 4:15 p.m.: Buddy Carter (Republican; incumbent) and Wade Herring (Democrat)


  • Oct. 17, 7 p.m. (livestream and GPB-TV broadcast): Stacey Abrams (Democrat), Shane Hazel (Libertarian) and Brian Kemp (Republican; incumbent)

Lieutenant Governor

  • Oct. 18, 12:15 p.m. (livestream) and 7:30 p.m. (GPB-TV broadcast): Charlie Bailey (Democrat), Ryan Graham (Libertarian) and Burt Jones (Republican)

Secretary of State

  • Oct. 18, 11 a.m. (livestream) and 7 p.m. (GPB-TV broadcast): Ted Metz (Libertarian), Bee Nguyen (Democrat) and Brad Raffensperger (Republican; incumbent)

Attorney General

  • Oct. 18, 1:30 p.m.: Chris Carr (Republican; incumbent), Martin Cowan (Libertarian) and Jen Jordan (Democrat)

State School Superintendent

  • Oct. 17, 12:15 p.m.: Alisha Thomas Searcy (Democrat) and Richard Woods (Republican; incumbent)

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner

  • Oct. 17, 1:30 p.m.: John King (Republican; incumbent) and Janice Laws Robinson (Democrat)

Agriculture Commissioner

  • Oct. 17, 2:45 p.m.: Tyler Harper (Republican), Nakita Hemingway (Democrat) and David Raudabaugh (Libertarian)

Labor Commissioner

  • Oct. 18, 3 p.m.: Emily Anderson (Libertarian), William Boddie (Democrat) and Bruce Thompson (Republican)

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