October 6, 2016

Ritz, McCormick To Debate For State Superintendent Race

Yorktown Superintendent Jennifer McCormick is challenging incumbent Glenda Ritz for the state superintendent of public instruction in the November 2016 election. - Provided

Yorktown Superintendent Jennifer McCormick is challenging incumbent Glenda Ritz for the state superintendent of public instruction in the November 2016 election.

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The two candidates running to be Indiana’s superintendent for public instruction will face off in their only scheduled debate Oct. 17 in Fort Wayne.

Democrat Glenda Ritz and Republican Jennifer McCormick have agreed to meet on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne for a 60 minute debate that will be rebroadcast on radio and television, according to the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics.

Incumbent Ritz took office in January 2013 after ousting a Republican state schools chief. McCormick is the superintendent of Yorktown Schools.

Claire McInerny, reporter for Indiana Public Broadcasting, and Eric Weddle, reporter for WFYI Public Media, will moderate the debate.

The event is noon in the Classic Ballroom in the Walb Student Union. Tickets are available directly from each candidate's campaign for priority seating and at the door for general admission seating.

The debate will be recorded live to tape and rebroadcast on public media throughout the state.

In the Indianapolis area, it will be broadcast 8 p.m. the same day on  90.1 WFYI-FM  and 7 p.m. Oct. 23 on WFYI-TV channel 20.1.

The election is Nov. 8. The superintendent for public instruction and other state and federal candidates who win will assume office for a new term in January 2017.

The debate is sponsored by Indiana Public Broadcasting stations, IPFW, CollegeTV, and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics.

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