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Atlanta Press Club to Host Republican and Democratic U.S. Senate Primary Debates

The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk‐Young Debate series will host statewide debates for candidates in both the Republican and Democratic U.S. Senate primary race on May 11, 2014, at Georgia Public Broadcasting located at 260 14th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. The Democratic debate will tape on May 11 at 5PM and will air on GPB on May 12 at 7PM.  The Republican debate will air live on May 11 at 7PM. 

The primary elections will be held May 20.  The winner from each race will face each other in the general election in the fall.  The candidates are vying for the seat of retiring U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss.  

The Democratic U.S. Senate debate at Georgia Public Broadcasting on May 11, 2014, will be taped at 5PM. The debate will air on GPB on May 12th, 2014, at 7PM. The candidates include:  

• Steen Miles 

• Michelle Nunn 

• Branko Radulovacki 

• Todd Robinson 

The Republican U.S. Senate Debate will air live on May 11, 2014, at Georgia Public Broadcasting at 7PM. The candidates include: 

• Paul Broun 

• Arthur Gardener 

• Phil Gingrey 

• Derrick Grayson 

• Karen Handel 

• Jack Kingston 

• David Perdue 

In addition to airing on Georgia Public Broadcasting, all debates will be available to view at www.gpb.org.  

“The U.S. Senate debates provide an opportunity for voters to learn more about each candidate before heading to the polls on Election Day. The debates give candidates an opportunity to explain where they stand on important issues,” said Lauri Strauss, Executive Director of the Atlanta Press Club. “We look forward to providing this debate platform to Georgia voters and hope to see our friends in the media, students, and the public in our studio audience as well as tuned in via their televisions and computers.” 

Members of the media, the general public, and students are invited to attend the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk‐Young Debate Series.  Please view the full debate series here: http://bit.ly/QenGAj Please RSVP by sending an email to info@atlpressclub.org. Join the conversation – Follow the Atlanta Press Club on Twitter and track the hashtag #APCDebates for live updates as they happen.  Like the Atlanta Press Club on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheAtlantaPressClub for information regarding Livestreaming debates, candidate updates, and announcements. 

About the Atlanta Press Club 

The Atlanta Press Club is one of the largest and most dynamic professional journalism associations in the country. The membership encompasses Atlanta’s burgeoning media community ‐ print, broadcast and online, large and small, national and local media outlets. More than half the Club’s more than 550 members are working journalists, the balance consist of public relations professionals, educators, retirees and students. The APC’s mission is to serve the professional and social needs of Atlanta’s journalism community, foster journalistic excellence and advance the public's interest in and understanding of a free press. Please visit www.atlantapressclub.org or call 404.577.7377 for more information. 

About the Loudermilk­Young Debate Series 

In 2011 R. Charles “Charlie” Loudermilk, pledged $1 million to permanently endow the Atlanta Press Club’s series of political debates during every election year in Georgia. In honor of Loudermilk’s close friendship with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, the debates were named the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk‐Young Debate Series. Loudermilk is a conservative white Republican businessman while Young is a liberal African‐American Democrat civil rights leader, preacher, former Atlanta mayor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Their close collaboration despite their political differences symbolizes the tone that the Loudermilk‐Young Debate Series hopes to set in our state's political discourse. 

About GPB 

As one of the largest PBS stations in the nation, Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Media), has been creating content worth sharing for over 50 years. With nine television stations, 17 radio stations and a multi‐faceted web presence, GPB strives to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of our viewers and listeners with programming that includes statewide radio news, current affairs, high school sports, educational resources for teachers and students and enlightening programs about our state like Georgia Outdoors, Georgia Traveler and On the Story. 

MEDIA CONTACT: 

Lauri Strauss 

Executive Director, The Atlanta Press Club 

lstrauss@atlpressclub.org 

404.523.1318