Pacific Lutheran University has been selected to host a public debate between U.S. Senate candidates Maria Cantwell (D) and Susan Hutchison (R) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6. The event is free and put on by the Washington State Debate Coalition.

“Pacific Lutheran University is honored to host a U.S. Senate debate, providing Puget Sound residents an important opportunity to hear directly from the candidates about how they will represent our state’s diverse regions,” said Allan Belton, PLU’s acting president.

The college was chosen from a group of 19 applicant sites throughout the state. PLU will work with Bethel, Eatonville, Franklin Pierce, and Tacoma school districts to host the debate.

“This part of Pierce County is something of a civics desert, and that lack of access leads to low voter turnout. Community members don’t really have any opportunity to meet with the leadership that represents them,” said Justin Eckstein, the forensics director at PLU. “By bringing this debate to the area, we’re working to enhance our community.”

For those who can’t attend, the debate will be televised and shown online.