2018 general election debate series announced

The ABU Education Fund and the University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society will host a series of three general election debates this fall. The debates will be for S.D. 8, H.D. 8, and H.D. 32.

The ABU Education Fund and the John R. Park Debate Society have teamed up for the past four years to offer debates in races for the Utah Legislature, State School Board, and last year’s 3rd Congressional District special election. The League of Women Voters of Utah is a community partner in hosting these debates.

While the ABU Education Fund is the logistics organizer for the debates, all matters relating to format, substance, and moderation of the debates are controlled exclusively by the John R. Park Debate Society.

Doors will open at 6:45PM, debates will begin at 7:00PM. There will be an opportunity to meet the candidates following the debates.

What: 2018 General Election Debates
Who: ABU Education Fund, John R. Park Debate Society



Senate District 8

September 18 | 7:00-8:30PM


Longview Elementary

6240 S Longview Dr, Murray, UT 84107

Participants: Brian Zehnder Kathleen Riebe

House District 32 

September 19 | 7:00-8:30PM


Lone Peak Elementary 

11515 High Mesa Dr.Sandy, UT 84092

  Suzanne Harrison Brad Bonham Bjorn Jones

House District 8

October 3 | 7:00-8:30PM


Orion Junior High

370 W. 2000 N. St.Harrisville, UT 84414

  Deana Froerer Steve Waldrip

The above links direct to the Facebook events hosted on the ABU Education Fund Facebook page.

In addition to these debates, we worked to host additional debates featuring candidates for two of Utah’s Congressional seats but were unable to secure final agreements for those events. We are disappointed that constituents in the districts represented by Representative Stewart and Representative Love won’t have more opportunities to hear from their current and future representatives. We hope that voters do take advantage of participating in the other events to which those representatives have agreed. In anticipation of the 2020 election cycle, we will be developing a broader network of community partners to aid us in helping bring more events like these to fruition.

More information on these debates can be found here. More debates will be announced soon.