WSU to Hold First Congressional District Debate

OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University will host the First Congressional District debate Oct. 17 from 6-7 p.m. in the Val. A Browning Center Austad Auditorium.

Seven-term Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop and his Democratic challenger Dr. Peter Clemens will discuss their stances on issues facing the community.

The debate is sponsored by the Utah Debate Commission, Weber State and the Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service, housed in WSU’s College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

“Debates are an essential means through which a democracy educates itself about the political and policy positions of candidates for elected office, hopefully through a deliberative and civil exchange of ideas,” said Carol McNamara, Walker Institute director. “We will have the opportunity on Oct. 17 to vet the two candidates vying to represent us in the United States House of Representatives. We invite the public to join us in learning about their different positions on the important issues that confront the state of Utah and the nation.”

The candidates will answer questions from debate moderator Jennifer Napier-Pearce, Salt Lake Tribune editor. The public can submit questions for the candidates at

For free tickets, contact Carla Price at or call 801-626-6252. The debate also will be presented live on KSL, KUED, KBYU, Good4Utah, FOX 13.2 Antenna TV, KSL Newsradio and Utah Public Radio.

The final Utah Debate Commission 2016 debate will be with candidates for Utah’s Third Congressional District on Oct. 19 from 6-7 p.m.

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