Your complete guide to Pennsylvania’s midterm debates

There are only a few between now and Nov. 6.

Scott Wagner and Tom Wolf

Scott Wagner and Tom Wolf

Scott Wagner / Facebook ; Tom Wolf / Flickr
Sarah Anne Hughes

Updated Oct. 28, 3:15 p.m.

There are only five weeks until Election Day.

How are you feeling? Ready? Registered to vote? Are you sure? You know the deadline is Oct. 9, right? Maybe you wanna double check real quick?

OK, good. Now you can get ready to cast your ballot. One way to do that is by watching debates. The selection is somewhat limited this year, so consult this list to make sure you don’t miss a second of the fun.


Tonight is the one and only gubernatorial debate, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner will be questioned by the king of questions “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek.

Yes, seriously.

When: 8:15 tonight.

How to watch: PCN, the cable channel, will air the debate live on TV and on its website. Other news stations will have the option to broadcast the debate live.

(Read a recap here.)

Lieutenant governor

There’s also only one debate scheduled between the candidates for lieutenant governor, Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Jeff Bartos. Channel 11 Morning News anchor Katherine Amenta will serve as moderator.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6

How to watch: Live on WPXI.


The will be two debates between Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Lou Barletta.

One will take place in Philadelphia.

When: Saturday, Oct. 20

How to watch: On WPVI

The other in Pittsburgh, moderated by KDKA-TV‘s Ken Rice, Jon Delano, and Lynne Hayes-Freeland.

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26

How to watch: On KDKA-TV 

17th Congressional District

Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Keith Rothfus will participate in two debates.

The first will be hosted by KDKA-TV and moderated by the station’s Ken Rice, Jon Delano, and Lynne Hayes-Freeland.

When: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8

How to watch: On KDKA-TV

The second debate, organized by the League of Women Voters, will air on WTAE and be moderated by the station’s Mike Clark. Panelists include WTAE reporter Paul Van Osdol, freelance journalist Elaine Effort, and 90.5 WESA’s Chris Potter.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16

How to watch: On WTAE

18th Congressional District

Incumbent Rep. Mike Doyle, a Democrat, is running unopposed.

General Assembly

The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh is hosting a number of forums for contested General Assembly seats in Allegheny County. All debates will be streamed live on Facebook.

39th and 40th legislative districts

Update: A representative for the League of Women Voters said Puskaric and Mihalek Stuck have declined to participate. The forum has been cancelled.

Democrat Robert Rhoderick and Republican Michael Puskaric, who are competing for Rick Saccone’s seat in the 39th, will debate first. They will be followed by 40th district candidates Democrat Sharon Guidi and Republican Natalie Mihalek Stuck.

When: 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9

Where: Bethel Park Community Center, 5151 Park Ave., Bethel Park

30th and 33rd legislative districts

Democrat Betsy Monroe will debate Lori Mizgorski, who wants to succeed her boss Hal English in the 30th district. They will be followed by Rep. Frank Dermody of the 33rd district and his Republican opponent Joshua Nulph.

When: 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11

Where: O’Hara Elementary Auditorium, 115 Cabin Lane, Pittsburgh

44th Legislative District

Democrat Michele Knoll and Republican Valerie Gaydos will be the only debate of the night. They are competing for Rep. Mark Mustio’s seat.

When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23

Where: Robert Morris University, Room TBA, 6001 University Blvd., Moon

25th Legislative District

Democrat Brandon Markosek will make the case for why he should take his father’s place in a debate against Republican Stephen Schlauch.

When: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24

Where: CCAC Boyce Campus, Performance Lecture Hall Auditorium, South Wing Room S440, 595 Beatty Road, Monroeville

23rd Legislative District

Update: In the wake of the mass shooting at a Squirrel Hill synagogue, the debate between Democrat Rep. Dan Frankel and his Green challenger Jay Ting Walker has been cancelled.

38th Senatorial District and 28th Legislative District

Just six days before the election, Democrat Lindsey Williams and Republican Jeremy Shaffer — candidates in one of the most competitive state Senate districts — will debate. That forum will be followed by one between House Speaker Mike Turzai and his Democratic opponent Emily Skopov.

When: 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1

Where: CCAC North Campus, Atrium Stage, 8701 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh

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