Political Notebook


Candidates for governor agree to 3 debates

The Indiana Debate Commission announced Thursday that gubernatorial candidates Rupert Boneham, John Gregg and Mike Pence have agreed to three televised debates ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

The non-partisan commission will take applications from venues interested in being considered as debate sites. Commission-sponsored gubernatorial debates were in Merrillville, Jasper and Bloomington in 2008.

The dates of this year’s debates have yet to be determined, according to commission President Max Jones, editor of the Tribune-Star in Terre Haute.

Venue requirements and a venue application form are available at the commission’s website at indianadebatecommission.com. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. July 27.

Pence, a 10-year congressman representing Indiana’s 6th District, is the Republican candidate for governor. Gregg, a former Indiana House speaker, is the Democratic candidate. The Libertarian Party nominated Boneham, best known for as a contestant on the reality TV show “Survivor.”