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WA State Debate Coalition and AARP Team Up for 2022 Debates


We need every candidate and lawmaker to commit to addressing the challenges facing people 50+. That is why AARP Washington has teamed up with the Washington State Debate Coalition (WSDC) to convene candidate debates in October, focusing on key races for the U.S. Senate, 8th Congressional District, and Washington's Secretary of State.

“Right now, Americans age 50+ are struggling with higher prices at the grocery store and gas pump. Many are still vulnerable to the health and financial threats of COVID-19. And some are facing a crisis with retirement savings,” said Cathy MacCaul, AARP Washington Advocacy Director. “As one of the strongest voting blocks, older voters want to hear from the candidates to ensure that the people they vote for represent their interests. Through debates like these, we can provide the information that voters need to make the best decision for themselves this November.”

“This is an exciting election season, and we are pleased to play an integral role in facilitating candidate debates and making sure as many people as possible have an opportunity to see them. Thanks to our higher education, community and media partners, the Washington State Debate Coalition is expanding its civic service this year to include debates in communities across Washington,” said Alicia Crank, executive director of Seattle CityClub. “Now, more than ever, it is important for voters to hear directly from candidates for public office. From the environment and education to the economy and elections, it is critical that this year’s candidates share their vision for the future and that we provide voters with direct access to leaders.”

We have one final debate on the schedule:

  • Friday, Oct. 28: 8th Congressional District debate (Kim Schrier/Matt Larkin) at 7 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.
  • The debate will run live on the following media channels: KING5, KIRO TV, KOMO TV, FOX 13, KUOW, and KCTS9.

“Each of these events requires the dedicated support and careful coordination of local media partners to provide the caliber of debates we are known for,” added Crank. “We are extremely grateful to our Premiere Media Partners, institutions of higher education and countless other partners who are working so hard to make this year’s debate cycle a success.”

To watch the debates, visit the Washington State Debate Coalition for more details.

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