August 22, 2016
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Inslee, Bryant share visions for Washington's future at first gubernatorial debate

A trashed campsite or a thriving showpiece? The two candidates for governor discussed what Washington state looks like in 2016, and what the next four years could hold, during the first gubernatorial debate of the 2016 campaign season. “Washington’s Choice 2016” was presented by Avista and held last Wednesday at Spokane Falls Community College. The debate was hosted by AWB, Greater Spokane Incorporated, KHQ and the Community Colleges of Spokane.

Topics included the minimum wage, the high level of statewide unemployment vs. a thriving central Puget Sound economy, and much more.

KHQ Anchor Sean Owsley served as moderator for the hour-long debate, which included plenty of substantive discussions and some feisty back-and-forth. Olympia Business Watch has a rundown of the debate, and the KHQ website has an analysis as well as the full, unedited debate available to watch online.

The debate was the first between Democrat Inslee and Republican Bryant.

The event was watched widely across the state, and online discussion was so robust that the #WaElex hashtag was listed as trending on Twitter.

The debate was on television, radio and newspaper front pages across Washington and northern Idaho. Media outlets covering the event included The Seattle Times, The Spokesman-Review, The Herald, The Associated Press, KIRO 7 (with more here), KING 5, Q13 FOX, The Capital Press, The Northwest News Network,, KUOW, KXLY and

The Seattle Times and The News Tribune fact-checked the debate, and The News Tribune also offered a BuzzFeed-style sidebar with “The 5 testiest exchanges from Washington’s first gubernatorial debate of the year.”

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