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Vermont Public Radio Announces Schedule Of Election Debates

Vermont Public Radio will broadcast five live candidate debates this campaign season, moderated by Jane Lindholm and Bob Kinzel. The first four debates will air within Vermont Edition:

Attorney General: Tuesday, October 7, 12-1 p.m. in Colchester. Jane Lindholm moderates.
Bill Sorrell (D)
Shane McCormack (R)

Secretary of State: Friday, October 10, 12-1 p.m. in Montpelier. Bob Kinzel moderates. 
Jim Condos (D/R)
Ben Eastwood (P) 

U.S. House: Tuesday, October 14, 12-1 p.m. in Colchester. Jane Lindholm moderates.
Peter Welch (D)
Mark Donka (R)
Mathew Andrews (LU) 

Treasurer: Friday, October 17, 12-1 p.m. in Montpelier. Bob Kinzel moderates.
Beth Pearce (D/R)
Don Schramm (P)

Members of the public are asked to submit questions for any debate by emailing vermontedition@vpr.net, tweeting to @vprnet, or posting to the Vermont Edition Facebook page.

The final VPR debate of the season is an evening debate between the candidates for Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday, October 28, 7-8:30 p.m. in Colchester. Bob Kinzel and Jane Lindholm will moderate a debate between Phil Scott (R), Dean Corren (P/D), and Marina Brown (LU).

For the Lieutenant Governor debate, Vermonters are encouraged to submit questions of the candidates in advance. Questions can be recorded by calling at (802) 552-3425, or using the voice memo feature on a smart phone and sending the file to vermontedition@vpr.net

VPR held a debate for Governor in September. Audio and extensive reporting and fact-checking of candidates’ statements in that debate are at VPR.net.

All five remaining debates will air statewide on the stations of Vermont Public Radio and at VPR.net. All major party candidates were invited to participate.

“For many of these races, VPR’s debates are the only time that voters will hear the candidates hash out issues face-to-face,” said Patti Daniels, producer of VPR’s election debates. “Statewide elected officers wield power, and voters can rely on these debates to help them make informed choices when they vote.”

VPR News will provide Twitter updates throughout the debates @vprnet  using the hashtag #VPRnews. Audio of the debates will be available at VPR.net after the broadcast concludes.

Media access at the debate sites is limited, but members of the press are asked to contact Daniels for details, pdaniels@vpr.net or 802-654-4330.