Indiana Debate Commission Facts and Figures

  • Founded in 2007 as a 501c3 nonprofit
  • Hosted its first gubernatorial debates with three candidates in 2008
  • Remains the oldest independent and non-partisan commission of its kind in the nation
  • Receives all debate questions from the public at large – Putting Voters First
  • Includes all candidates who attain statewide ballot access, resulting in the broadest participation by statewide candidates seeking to represent Hoosiers
  • Provides free audio/video feed to a minimum of 160 Indiana newspapers, 259 Indiana radio stations and 33 Indiana TV stations (public and commercial)
  • Relies on in-kind and charitable contributions exceeding $300,000 in value since 2007
  • Conducted 21 debates since 2008 for Governor and U.S. Senate races, including many contested primaries
  • Distributed free tickets to live audiences at 14 locations such high schools and colleges throughout Indiana

The Indiana Debate Commission is one of only four state-level debate commissions in the United States. We believe Indiana voters make the difference in all statewide elections – and we exist for the voters.

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Indiana Debate Commission Board

Gerry Lanosga
IDC President (for media)
Associate Professor, The Media School
Indiana University Bloomington

Scott Uecker
IDC Treasurer (for donations)
General Manager WICR-FM, UIndy TV, UIndy

Shannon Cagle Dawson
PR Director, Indianapolis Classical Schools

Suzette Hackney
Columnist, The Indianapolis Star

Thomas Maloney
VP of Radio Operations, Lakeshore Public Media
Crown Point

Eunice Trotter
Communications Specialist, American Senior Communities

Mike Wilson
PR Director, Indiana Comcast

Elizabeth  A. Bennion
IDC Vice President
Professor of Political Science, IU South Bend
South Bend

Dan Byron
IDC Immediate Past President
Attorney, Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP

Andy Downs
Purdue University
Fort Wayne

Kelli N. Jones
Business Development Manager, Blavity

Ambre L. Marr
State Legislative Director, AARP Indiana

Theresa Wells-Ditton
Coordinating Producer, Inside Indiana Business

Cathleen Shrader
IDC Secretary
Attorney, Barrett & McNagny, LLP
Fort Wayne

Chris Davis
News Director, 93 WIBC Radio/Network Indiana

Tim Ethridge
Courier & Press, retired

Max Jones
Editor, Tribune-Star
Terre Haute

Keith Robinson
Purdue University, retired

W.S. (Bill) Wilson
Executive Editor, The Rochester Sentinel, retired