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Central Washington University Hosts 8th Congressional District Debate on October 17

The only debate scheduled between 8th Congressional District candidates Dino Rossi (R) and Kim Schrier (D) will be held at 7 p.m. on October 17 at McConnell Hall on the Central Washington University campus.

The hour-long event, sponsored by the Washington State Debate Coalition, will be broadcast and livestreamed statewide. Moderators for the debates are Natalie Brand (KING 5) and Ross Reynolds (KUOW).

“It’s a great honor to host the only debate between the two candidates for the 8th Congressional District, which is one of the most highly-contested congressional races in the country,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino. “We know there is great interest in this election because this is seen as one of the key contests that may help decide which political party has control of the House of Representatives.”

While seating in McConnell Hall is no longer available, the debate can be viewed live on KING 5 television and will be livestreamed at Additionally, television monitors showing the debate will be available in the Pit area of the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) on the CWU campus.

Joining CWU in co-hosting the 8th Congressional District debate are the Associated Students of Central Washington University, Cle-Elum Roslyn School District, Ellensburg Daily Record, Easton School District, Ellensburg School District, Kittitas Chamber of Commerce, Kittitas School District, and Thorp School District.

The coalition, founded by the Seattle City Club in 2016, seeks to increase the frequency and quality of publicly accessible nonpartisan debates in Washington.

In addition to the 8th Congressional District debate, the coalition is sponsoring a debate between U.S. Senate candidates Maria Cantwell (D) and Susan Hutchison (R) at Gonzaga University on October 30.

Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,