The Hinckley Institute is proud to be a partner of the Utah Debate Commission. The Commission is a consortium of higher educational institutions, media organizations, and business and civic leaders dedicated to creating a non-partisan and independent system of debates among qualified candidates for statewide and federal offices in Utah during each election cycle.  The purposes of the Utah Debate Commission are to educate voters about viable candidates and their issue positions, promote a civil exchange of ideas among the leading candidates, and elevate the discussion of the most important issues confronting the State of Utah.


  • Scott Howell, Former Utah State Senator & Candidate for United States Senate, Co-Chair

  • Thomas Wright, Former Chairman Utah Republican Party, President & Principal Broker, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, Co-Chair

  • Ed Allen, Former Utah State Senator

  • Rod Arquette, Program Director, KNRS

  • Damon Cann, Co-Director of Operations, Institute of Government & Politics, Utah State University

  • Irene Caso, News Anchor, Producer, Univision 32

  • Morgan Lyon Cotti, Hinckley Institute of Politics

  • Richard Davis, Professor of Political Science, BYU

  • Jay DeSart, Associate Professor of Political Science, Utah Valley University

  • Paul Edwards, Editor, Deseret News

  • Lee Eldridge, News Director, KUTV

  • Karen Hale, Former Utah State Senator

  • Corey Hodges, Lead Pastor, New Pilgrim Baptist Church

  • Fred Lampropolous, Founder and CEO, Merit Medical

  • Donna Law, Director, Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service, Southern Utah University

  • Dan Liljenquist, Former Utah State Senator and Former Candidate for United States Senate

  • Carol McNamara, Director, Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service

  • John Miller, Assistant General Manager, Mark Miller Toyota

  • Terry Orme, Editor, Salt Lake Tribune

  • George Severson, News Director, KTVX

  • Tim Sheehan, Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Salt Lake Community College

  • Diena Simmons, Station Manager, KBYU

  • Marc Sternfield, News Director, Fox 13

  • Karl Sun, CEO, Lucid Software

  • Tanya Vea, Executive Vice President, KSL

  • Ken Verdoia, Production Director, KUED

  • Michele Zabriskie, President, Utah Broadcasters Association

For more information, please contact Morgan Lyon Cotti.