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Utah Debate Commission, DSU Institute of Politics to host congressional debate

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 present incumbent Chris Stewart (R) and challenger Shireen Ghorbani (D) the opportunity to answer questions about a variety of issues. Set to take place at 6 p.m. on Sept. 17 in the Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theatre on the Dixie State campus, the debate is open for the public to attend.

Debate tickets are free but required for admittance. Tickets can be reserved in advance at utahdebatecommission.org and picked up at the event one hour prior to the debate. 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 also be submitted on the commission’s website.

“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. Learn more at politics.dixie.edu.