Weber State to host U.S. House of Representatives debate

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will host Rep. Blake Moore and candidate Rick Jones as they discuss issues affecting northern Utah during the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional District 1 general election debate on Oct. 10. 

The debate is a joint event with the Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service and the Utah Debate Commission to encourage political engagement among students and the campus community. 

Held at 6 p.m. at the Val A. Browning Center, the debate will also be livestreamed on the Utah Debate Commission website,, where viewers can also submit questions.

“For a republic to work, the people need to know what they are choosing,” said Leah Murray, academic director of the Walker Institute. “Debates are the most effective way for voters to learn because they can listen to the candidates themselves give answers on issues of importance. There’s no filter, there’s just the candidate making the best case for a vote."

Tickets are required for the event but are available for free at this link.

The Utah Debate Commission is Utah’s premiere debate venue created in 2013 by media representatives, academic institutions, community leaders and senior political figures in Utah. It is a consortium of state higher education institutions, media organizations, and business and civic leaders dedicated to creating an independent and nonpartisan system of public debates. The Commission is looked to as an example by other states as one of only four debate commissions of its kind in the United States. 
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Leah Murray, Walker Institute academic director