Auburn University to host debate of gubernatorial candidates Oct. 19

AUBURN – A gubernatorial candidate debate hosted by Auburn University on Tuesday, Oct. 19 is the second of two debates sponsored by the student government associations of Auburn University and the University of Alabama and the League of Women Voters.

The debate between Dr. Robert Bentley and Commissioner Ron Sparks will be from 7-8 p.m. in the Auburn Student Center Ballroom. Andrea Lindenberg, a news anchor at WVTM in Birmingham, will serve as moderator.

The debate will be broadcast live on Alabama Public Television, Alabama Public Radio, and WEGL. Tickets will be available to Auburn University students, faculty and staff at no charge and on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will not be available at the door.

The League of Women Voters will solicit questions to be asked during the debate. To submit a question, go to the Auburn University SGA debate website at Questions for consideration should be received by 5 p.m., Oct. 14. Questions should involve issues of statewide interest, be addressed to both candidates and contain no personal attacks, profanity or obscenity.

The questions will be compiled by a committee of League of Women Voters’ members, and will not be presented to the candidates, their political parties, the moderator, the media or any other entity before the debate.

In addition to the Auburn and UA SGAs and the League of Women Voters, the debate will be sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program.

“Auburn University is delighted to host the gubernatorial debate,” said Ainsley Carry, vice president for Student Affairs. “This demonstrates the importance of college students being involved in the political process and should be a message that students care. I am proud of the collaboration between the University of Alabama and Auburn University’s SGA to make this happen.”

“The Student Government Association has been working diligently on this debate for close to a year,” said Kurt Sasser, president of Auburn’s Student Government Association. “We look forward to Dr. Bentley and Commissioner Sparks debating the issues that the state of Alabama will be dealing with over the next four years.”

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and does not support or oppose political candidates or political parties.

Contact: Kurt Sasser, 256-810-2615 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (