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Atlanta Press Club candidate debates set ahead of June primary

By: - April 28, 2020 7:35 am

In fall 2018, then candidates for governor Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams squared off at an Atlanta Press Club debate. Bazemore-Pool/Getty Images

After years of originating its Georgia candidate debate series at the Georgia Public Broadcasting studios in Atlanta, the Atlanta Press Club is taking its signature election event online for the upcoming primary election.

The virtual event is set to include candidates for U.S. Senate and the hotly contested race to replace outgoing Republican Congressman Rob Woodall in Georgia’s 7th District. Candidates looking to succeed Georgia GOP Rep. Doug Collins in the 9th Congressional District are also set to face off. U.S. Rep. David Scott drew challengers from both parties for his District 13 seat who are expected at the virtual debate.

The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series is scheduled to take place over two days, on Sunday, May 3 and Monday, May 4.

All debates will take place live via video streaming in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting. The debates will be available for viewers to watch online live or on demand via Facebook at and

Candidates who qualify with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office to have their name on the ballot are invited to participate in the debates.

Georgia Recorder journalist Stanley Dunlap is set to ask questions of Georgia Public Service Commission District 4 candidates with Energy Wire reporter Kristi Swartz, and the Georgia Recorder’s Ross Williams is set to join WSB Radio’s Veronica Waters for the Congressional  District 13 debate.

Other journalists scheduled to ask questions at the debate are also regulars at the Statehouse, including the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Greg Bluestein, the Capitol Beat’s Dave Williams, CNHI News Service’s Riley Bunch and GPB’s Bill Nigut.

The debates are scheduled to start Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. and are available via livestream at and many are on GPB TV.

For more than 20 years, the Atlanta Press Club, in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting, has organized the premier political debates in the state of Georgia.

In 2011 R. Charles “Charlie” Loudermilk, founder of Aaron’s Inc., pledged $1 million to permanently endow the club’s series of political debates during every election year in Georgia. In honor of Loudermilk’s close friendship with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, the debates are named the Atlanta Press Club’s Loudermilk-Young Debate Series.

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John McCosh
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John McCosh, Editor-in-Chief, is a seasoned writer and editor with decades of experience in journalism and government public affairs. His skills were forged in Georgia newsrooms, where he was a business and investigative reporter, editor and bureau chief, and expanded his experience during years in nonprofit and corporate communications roles. For more than a decade at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McCosh investigated state and local government officials and operations. He also tracked regional growth and development with a focus on metro Atlanta’s population-related problems, including traffic congestion, air pollution and water quality. He first learned the power of public records to unlock information when he was a commercial real estate reporter at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. McCosh is a board member of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and active in the Georgia State Signal Alumni Group, which advises student journalists.