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Seattle University to host gubernatorial debate

Written by Dean Forbes
September 12, 2016

Seattle University will host the only Western Washington debate between Gov. Jay Inslee and Bill Bryant. The debate, which takes place Sept. 26,  will be broadcast live statewide on most local TV networks commercial free 8-9 p.m. 

Seattle U is a partner of Seattle CityClub's Washington State Debate Coalition, which brings thoughtful and informative political debate to Washington state.

"Seattle University's Jesuit education places a high value on civic engagement and a robust exchange of ideas, and we welcome the opportunity to partner with organizations in our city and region who value the same," said Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. "It is a particular honor to host a gubernatorial debate as we celebrate our 125th year of empowering leaders for a just and humane world." 

As part of its 125th anniversary year, Seattle U is holding and sponsoring many civic and academic events to engage its students, alumni, and community in reflection, conversation, and fun. Hosting a gubernatorial debate is just one example of Seattle U engaging ideas and dialogue at a high level with the help of its community of supporters. 

"All citizens should have an opportunity to participate in civic discussions," said Diane Douglas, executive director of Seattle CityClub, founding organization of the Washington State Debate Coalition. "We are excited to partner with Seattle University to ensure all Washingtonians have access to those seeking some of the highest offices in our state." 

The debate will take place in Pigott Auditorium on the Seattle U campus. If you have any questions or are interested in attending the debate, please contact Lincoln Vander Veen in External Affairs.