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SDPB to host a series of election debates and forums


South Dakota Public Broadcasting is hosting a series of debates and political forums in the lead-up to the 2022 elections. All programs will be broadcast live on SDPB1-TV, and streamed live on and the SDnet app. The programs will repeat on SDPB Radio the following weekday at noon Central, 11:00 a.m. Mountain. Jackie Hendry will serve as host and debate moderator.

The candidates for South Dakota’s at-large member of the U.S. House will meet in a debate Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8:00 p.m. Central Time. Candidates for office include incumbent Dusty Johnson (R) and Collin Duprel (L).

The candidates for South Dakota Governor will meet in a debate Monday, October 24 at 8:00 p.m. Central Time. Candidates for the Governor’s office include incumbent Kristi Noem (R), Jamie Smith (D), and Tracey Quint (L).

On Thursday, October 27, SDPB will present an hour-long program that reviews candidates for the Public Utilities Commission, incumbent Chris Nelson (R) and Jeff Barth (D); candidates for South Dakota Secretary of State, Tom Cool (D) and Monae Johnson (R); and measures that have been placed on the ballot through public initiative.

United States Senate candidates will debate Friday, November 4 at 8:00 p.m. Central Time. This debate is presented in partnership with Dakota News Now. Candidates include incumbent John Thune (R), Brian Bengs (D), and Tamara Lesnar (L).