ST. GEORGE — The Utah Debate Commission and the Dixie State University Institute of Politics are partnering to host Utah’s 2nd Congressional District Debate in advance of the Nov. 6 general election.
The televised debate will take place Sept. 17 in the Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center on the DSU campus and will offer incumbent Chris Stewart (R) and challenger Shireen Ghorbani (D) the opportunity to answer questions about a variety of issues, including some that will be provided by audience members. Debate tickets are free but required for admittance.
“Debates matter,” Henrie Walton, director of the DSU Institute of Politics, said. “This is an opportunity for Ms. Ghorbani and Congressman Stewart to convince Southern Utahns why they deserve their vote.”
The 2nd Congressional District covers portions of western Utah, including Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Millard, Piute, Sevier, Tooele, Washington and Wayne counties and parts of Davis, Juab, Salt Lake, and Sanpete counties.
The Utah Debate Commission is a consortium of higher educational institutions, media organizations, and business and civic leaders dedicated to creating a nonpartisan and independent system of debates for statewide and federal offices in Utah during each election cycle.
The commission educates voters about viable candidates and their issue positions, promotes a civil exchange of ideas among the leading candidates and elevates the discussion of the most important issues confronting the state of Utah.
Dixie State’s Institute of Politics was established in 2016 and serves the community as a hub for civic engagement, student leadership and public policy education and research.
Tickets to the Sept. 17 debate can be reserved in advance at the Utah Debate Commission website and picked up at the event one hour prior to the debate, which starts at 6 p.m. Remaining tickets will be available at the door at 5 p.m. and distributed on a first come, first served basis. Audience members should be in their seats by 5:45 p.m. Questions can be submitted on the commission’s website.
- What: Utah’s 2nd Congressional District Debate.
- When: Monday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.
- Where: Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center on the Dixie State University campus.
- Tickets are free but required for attendance. Tickets can be reserved in advance at the Utah Debate Commission website.