Benton-Franklin Counties

Benton-Franklin Counties

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Upcoming Candidate Forums

The following information is an update regarding the Virtual Candidate Forums/Debates for the general election beginning in late September and through October. As was the case for the primaries, all of these debates will be aired by our wonderful media partner NWPB (KTNW). Go to NWPB2020. As in the primaries, they will also be available for viewing on all NWPB affiliates, the cities of Richland and Pasco, our League's FB page at, YouTube, etc. In addition, the Treasurer's race will be on the LWVWA FB page. The races will be available for viewing for the next several weeks as we approach election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd.


*****The State Treasurer candidates (Davidson and Pellicciotti) are scheduled for September 17th at 7:00-8:00 p.m. and will be a live webcast on NWPB. It promises to be interesting, as the format will be an interactive rebuttal style with each candidate having the opportunity to address the other's response. The LWVWA and the Spokesman-Review are co-sponsors of the state races and are working with our League and several others to bring them to viewers across Washington. Lunell Haught, our state League president, will give the opening and closing statements for this debate only. Matt Loveless, Clinical Assistant Professor of Communication at the Murrow College, WSU-Pullman, will again be the moderator.


The next LWVWA/Spokesman-Review co-sponsored race is the Secretary of State. It will be pre-recorded by the LWV of Thurston County and will be available through the LWVWA for viewing on or about September 19th. Our League and NWPB are not involved in producing this debate.


Below are the local races to be broadcast by NWPB and done in conjunction with the LWV of Benton and Franklin Counties. Although pre-recorded, as they were in the primaries, they will be interactive and follow the same rebuttal style format as described above for the live webcast on September 17th. The will also be available in all the locations previously described for viewing. The schedule is as follows:


September 30th

Benton County Commissioner- District 1 (Delvin & Raffa)  

Benton County Commissioner- District 3 (McKay & Beaver)

Franklin County Commissioner-District 1 (Lehrman & Peck


October 1st

Franklin County Commissioner - District 2 (Mullen & Peralta)

Superior Court Judge - Position 1 (Petersen & Brown

Legislative District 8 Representative - Position 1 (Klippert & Regev


October 8th

Legislative District 16 Representative - Position 1 (Chvatal & Klicker)

Legislative District 16 Representative - Position 2 (Rude & Coburn

Legislative District 16 Representative - Senate (Dozier & Reser


October 9th

Legislative District 8 Representative - Position 2 (Stanley & Boehnke)

Legislative District 9 Representative - Position 1 (Borden & Dye


FYI- National Debates are: President: September 29th, October 15th, and October 22nd; Vice President- October 7th


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