Photo: The Seattle Times  


The Washington State Debate Coalition (WSDC) is a public service made possible through the joint efforts of civic leaders, nonpartisan organizations, colleges and universities, and Washington media partners committed to ensuring access to those who hold and seek elected office. Since its founding by Seattle CityClub in 2016, the Coalition has reached 2,300 live debate attendees and nearly than 3 million viewers on TV/online.   


If your organization values making public debates available to all voters and the crucial role live debates serve in a functioning democracy, we invite you to be a part of the 2021 WSDC. Nothing is required other than a passion for civil debate. Click the link below to share your information and we will reach out to you, soon.  


The WSDC is excited to produce two Seattle mayoral debates this fall. Sign up here to get updates. 

News & Updates

DEI Commitment

We are committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). In all debates, we are integrating five elements to maximize access and inclusion: 

Distance– Shrinking the physical distance between communities and those that represent them so the people can hold elected officials accountable. 

Discussion– Ensuring the topics of conversation and contestation reflect the needs of diverse communities. 

Design– Recognizing that what it means to “debate” sounds different to different cultures and creating the spaces to recognize that plurality. 

Debrief– Ensuring we have diverse perspectives contextualizing the conversation for our audiences. 

Resources– Supplementing the debates with educational resources that respect different backgrounds. 

Role in the State Debate Coalition

In 2019, the Washington State Debate Coalition partnered with Indiana, Ohio and Utah to create state debate commissions to create the State Debate Coalition, which collaborates on state-wide debates and promotes the creation of state debate commission across the country. 


For questions about hosting a debate or joining the Washington State Debate Coalition: 


For media inquiries: 


For sponsorship inquiries: