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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Atlanta Press Club announces schedule for primary election debates

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

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Every election, the Atlanta Press Club invites the city's four or five still-employed journalists to Georgia Public Broadcasting's Midtown headquarters, where they don make-up and ask political candidates pointed questions in front of TV cameras and a live audience. These political hopefuls also get a chance to grill their challengers for elected office. The result is aired on public television and streamed online, sometimes with hilarious and/or awkward results.

It's a noble endeavor and, for many voters, one of the few chances to see candidates speak. (It's also guaranteed to continue at least for the next 10 years, thanks to a $1 million gift last year from Charlie Loudermilk, a civic leader and founder of Aaron's Inc.)

The press club is continuing the tradition for the July 31 primary elections with debates between candidates who want to represent Georgia's congressional districts or serve on the Public Service Commission. If you'd like to attend one of the debates, head to 260 14th Street in Midtown. If you have any questions, email the press club or call 404-577-7377.

We've pasted the full schedule, including taping and broadcast times, after the jump.

Sunday, July 22:

Public Service Commission, District 3 — Republicans
Invited Candidates: Chuck Eaton and Matt Reid
Tapes from 3:00-3:30 p.m. Airs on GPB from 4:30 — 5:00 p.m.

Public Service Commission, District 5 — Republicans
Invited Candidates: Pam Davidson and Stan Wise
Tapes from 3:30-4:00 p.m. Airs on GPB from 5:00 — 5:15 p.m.

Congressional District 10 — Republicans
Invited Candidates: Paul C. Broun and Stephen K. Simpson
Tapes from 4:45-5:15 p.m. Airs on GPB from 5:15 — 5:30 p.m.

Congressional District 3 — Republicans
Invited Candidates: “Chip” Flanegan, Kent Kingsley, and Lynn Westmoreland
Tapes from 4:15-4:45 p.m. Airs on GPB from 5:30 — 6:00 p.m.

Congressional District 12 — Republicans
Invited Candidates: Rick W. Allen, Lee Anderson, Wright McLeod, and Maria Sheffield
Airs live on GPB from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 29:

Congressional District 7 — Republicans
Invited Candidates: David Hancock and Rob Woodall
Tapes from 3:00-3:30 p.m. Airs on GPB from 4:00 — 4:30 p.m.

Congressional District 11 — Republicans
Invited Candidates: Phil Gingrey, William Llop, and Michael S. Opitz
Tapes from 3:30-4:00 p.m. Airs on GPB from 4:30 — 5:00 p.m.

Congressional District 4 — Democrats
Invited Candidates: Courtney L. Dillard, Hank Johnson, Sr., and Lincoln Nunnally
Tapes from 4:15-4:45 p.m. Airs on GPB from 5:00 — 5:30 p.m.

Congressional District 4 — Republicans
Invited Candidates: Greg Pallen and J. Chris Vaughn
Tapes from 4:45-5:15 p.m. Airs on GPB from 5:30 — 6:00 p.m.

Congressional District 9 — Republicans
Invited Candidates: Doug Collins, Roger D. Fitzpatrick, and Martha Zoller
Airs live on GPB from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Congressional District 5 — Democrats
Invited Candidates: Michael Johnson and John Lewis
Airs live on GPB from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

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