Miami University to host final Ohio U.S. Senate Republican primary debate

By Emily Scott

Five Republican candidates for the United States Senate will travel to Oxford for their final debate ahead of the May 3 primary election. The debate will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. 

Miami’s Menard Family Center for Democracy is sponsoring the event, along with WLWT News 5. The debate will be held in front of a live audience in the Harry T. Wilks Theater in Armstrong Student Center and will be broadcast on WLWT television. 

The five candidates who will attend are Matt Dolan, Mike Gibbons, Josh Mandel, Jane Timken and J.D. Vance. WLWT’s Sheree Paolello will moderate the debate.

“The Menard Family Center for Democracy is proud to partner with WLWT in bringing this important discussion to Miami’s campus,” Menard Center Director John Forren said in a press release. “This year, Ohio is a key battleground for control of the U.S. Senate, and this debate will help voters throughout the region to learn more about both the candidates who are vying to represent us in Washington and the issues that will define American politics in the years ahead.”

Forren emphasized that the university’s role in this forum is strictly non-partisan. 

Tickets to the event went on sale March 29 but are now sold out. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and close promptly at 6:30 p.m. to prepare for the live broadcast.