All 6 candidates to participate in final GOP gubernatorial debate; event planned April 23


All six candidates for the Republican gubernatorial nomination have committed to participate in the last debate of the primary election season, scheduled for April 23.

The debate, which puts voters first by giving them the opportunity to pose questions, is sponsored by the Indiana Debate Commission. It will take place before a live audience from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hine Hall Auditorium on the IUPUI campus, 875 W. North St., and will be live-streamed on the commission’s website. Jon Schwantes, host of PBS’s “Indiana Lawmakers,” will moderate.

Voters may submit questions at

The candidates competing for the opportunity to run in the November election are U.S. Sen. Mike Braun; Brad Chambers, former president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. under Gov. Eric Holcomb; Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch; Eric Doden, former president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. under Gov. Mike Pence; former Attorney General Curtis Hill; and Jamie Reitenour.

The debate will be available for any broadcast outlet that wishes to air it. Information about distribution will be available soon.

The nonpartisan, nonprofit commission has conducted 24 debates, starting in 2008, and it plans to sponsor debates among candidates for governor and U.S. senator in advance of the Nov. 7 election. Eleven organizations partnered to create the commission, the oldest and one of only four state-level organizations of its kind in the country.

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