Republicans in 2nd Congressional District race to debate 10 times in 10 counties

Aug 1, 2023, 10:16 AM | Updated: 2:48 pm

celeste maloy and bruce hough -- Republicans running to replace 2nd Congressional District Rep. Chr...

Two of Utah's 2nd Congressional District GOP candidates: from left to right, Bruce Hough, Celeste Maloy. ( Bruce Hough, LinkedIn, Celeste Maloy, Ballotpedia)

( Bruce Hough, LinkedIn, Celeste Maloy, Ballotpedia)

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Republicans running to replace 2nd Congressional District Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, have launched a rigorous debate schedule that will include 10 debates in 10 counties in 12 days.

Celeste Maloy’s camp sent a notice on Tuesday that she, Bruce Hough and Becky Edwards would be at the debates. But after receiving that notice,  KSL NewsRadio learned that Edwards’ camp had not yet confirmed her participation.

It appears an interaction between Edwards and Maloy over the weekend led to what Maloy called, “an unfortunate miscommunication.” Edwards’ camp appears to have seen it differently.

“I talked to Becky Edwards herself over the weekend and I asked her if she was going to debate and she said yes, and gave me a contact on her team,” Maloy told KSL NewsRadio. “So I told my team she was going to debate and gave them the contact.”

But Maloy admitted that before sending their release, her team had not confirmed with Edwards that she would be there.

“I felt comfortable with [sending] it based on my conversation with Becky, but I wish we would have gotten confirmation before it went out,” Maloy said.

Maloy’s campaign first announced an aggressive 13-day debate schedule in mid-July.  In a new press release Tuesday, it stated that said Edwards and Bruce Hough had agreed to a 10-day debate schedule.

Hough‘s campaign has confirmed his participation in the 10 debates. Edward’s campaign would not confirm when asked whether Edwards would attend any of the 10 debates.

Maloy’s release said the debates will begin this Friday, Aug. 4 in Davis County, before heading south toward the congressional districts’ central and southern counties the following week, before wrapping up in Salt Lake County during the week of Aug. 14.

Moderators will field questions from audience members in attendance, it also stated.

“In a lot of the debates, the GOP County chairmen are moderating,” Maloy said.

Following these nine debates, KSL will host the 10th and final debate in Salt Lake County, which will be televised across the state. Those details have not yet been finalized.

This will all happen before the primary election is scheduled for Sept. 5. The state starts mailing ballots out on Aug. 15.

The Republican debate schedule for District 2

Maloy’s campaign released the following debate schedule:

  • Friday, Aug. 4, 2023 @ 6:30 PM, Farmington City Building (160 S Main Street, Farmington)
  • Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023 @ 6:00 PM, Washington County School District Offices (121 West Tabernacle, St. George)
  • Monday, Aug. 7, 2023 @ 6:00 PM, Kanab Center (20 N 100 E, Kanab)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023 @ 7:00 PM, Panguitch High School (390 E 100 S, Panguitch)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023 @ 6:00 PM, Church Auditorium @ Southern Utah University Student Center
  • Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023 @ 6:00 PM, Beaver Opera House (81 E Center Street, Beaver)
  • Friday, Aug. 11, 2023 @ 6:30 PM, Delta High School (50 W 300 N Road, Delta)
  • Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023 @ 6:00 PM, Sevier Valley Center (800 W 200 S, Richfield)
  • Monday, Aug. 14, 2023 @ 6:00 PM, Grantsville Fire Station (26 N Center St., Grantsville)

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

CD2 Special Election

congressman chris stewart...

Samantha Herrera

Rep. Chris Stewart’s final farewell to Congress

His resignation takes effect on Friday, ending a decade of serving in the U.S. House.

16 days ago

Image of Celeste Maloy who has won the GOP primary in the race to replace Rep. Chris Stewart in Uta...

Lindsay Aerts

Celeste Maloy wins 2nd Congressional District GOP primary, Edwards concedes

The latest batch of results was released Wednesday afternoon, after which Maloy's primary lead jumped by about a thousand votes.

23 days ago

Andrew Roth holds his daughter Maggie as he casts his ballot during Utah's municipal and primary el...

Simone Seikaly

Edwards concedes Utah’s 2nd Congressional District Republican primary

Becky Edwards began the night with a strong lead that was eaten away as more rural counties began providing ballot numbers.

24 days ago

Tonight is Utah Primary Election night...

Simone Seikaly

Live blog: Primary election night in Utah, 2023

What will the turnout look like? Who'll pull ahead in the Race to Replace Rep. Chris Stewart in Utah's 2nd Congressional District?

24 days ago

A Utah County ballot drop box is pictured. Utah County Clerk Aaron Davidson, R-Utah, is facing a co...

Hugo Rikard-Bell

Utah Republicans vote for 2nd Congressional District

Across the 2nd Congressional District, polling stations and ballot drop boxes are set up and ready to receive ballots.

25 days ago

becky edwards, bruce hough and celeste maloy are pictured, they are running to be the replacement f...

Lindsay Aerts

Utah’s 2nd Congressional District Republican candidates gear up for final push

Republican candidates Celeste Maloy, Bruce Hough, and Becky Edwards hope to help more Utah voters to make a decision -- and then, turn out to vote. 

29 days ago

Sponsored Articles

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

close up of rose marvel saliva blooms in purple...

Shannon Cavalero

Drought Tolerant Perennials for Utah

The best drought tolerant plants for Utah can handle high elevations, alkaline soils, excessive exposure to wind, and use of secondary water.

Republicans in 2nd Congressional District race to debate 10 times in 10 counties