Press Release

Wednesday, August 3

MEDIA ADVISORY: AWB, GSI to Host 2016 Secretary of State, Gubernatorial Debates Aug. 17

Partnering with KHQ-TV and Community Colleges of Spokane, the debates will be held at the Spokane Falls Community College Music Auditorium

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business, in partnership with Greater Spokane Incorporated and the Community Colleges of Spokane, will host the first secretary of state and gubernatorial debates of the 2016 election season on Aug. 17 in Spokane. Avista is the presenting sponsor for the debates and KHQ-TV is the broadcast partner for the event.

The secretary of state debate between incumbent Republican Kim Wyman and Democratic challenger Tina Podlodowski begins at 2:10 p.m. and will be moderated by Jim Camden, Olympia bureau chief for The Spokesman-Review.

The gubernatorial debate between incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant begins promptly at 4 p.m. and will be moderated by KHQ news anchor and reporter Sean Owsley.

Media wishing to attend the debates are required to RSVP prior to the event. Day-of registration may not be accommodated due to limited space availability.

Agenda for Wednesday, Aug. 17:

1:00 p.m.
Doors open
1:45 p.m.
Doors close for Secretary of State debate (no entry, including media, will be allowed after closure)
2:00 p.m.
2:10 p.m.
Secretary of State debate
3:10 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
Doors close (no entry, including media, will be allowed after closure)
4:00 p.m.
Gubernatorial debate
5:10 p.m.
Reception in the foyer

Media Credentials for the Debates:
KHQ-TV is our broadcast partner and will be televising and streaming the debates live. Other television and radio media will have access to audio connections for newsgathering purposes. Once the doors close for each debate, no entry will be allowed for the duration of each debate.

Members of the news media must RSVP to Bobbi Cussins at or 360.943.1600 to the event no later than Thursday, Aug. 11, with the following information:

  • Name of attendee(s) and media outlet
  • Audio feed and outlet needs
  • Camera and camera crew space needs (names of crew must also be provided with RSVP)
  • Parking needs

Media credentials and seat assignments will be at the registration desk at the event.

About the Association of Washington Business

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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