March 14, 2018

The Center for Effective Lawmaking, College Republicans at UVA, and Batten School to Co-Host Senate Republican Primary Debate

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, the University of Virginia Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL), College Republicans at UVA, and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will co-host the U.S. Senate Republican Primary Debate in the Great Hall of Garrett Hall at 6:30 p.m. EDT. All known Republican candidates have been invited to the event and those with ballot access confirmed by the Republican Party of Virginia prior to the debate will be eligible to participate. The debate will be moderated by Batten School Dean Allan C. Stam and Professor Andy Pennock.

“The Center for Effective Lawmaking is excited to co-host this primary debate,” said CEL Director Craig Volden. “Such public dialogue is crucial in assessing and selecting those who could become effective lawmakers in Congress one day.”

The debate is free and open to the public but seating is limited and tickets will be required. The ticket request portal will open through the UVA Arts Box Office at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16 and remain open until all tickets are distributed. Tickets will be free of charge and required for entry, along with a valid government photo ID. Tickets may be printed at home or picked up at the Arts Box Office (located within the lobby of the Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road) beginning Monday, March 19 through Monday, March 26 between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

“The College Republicans at UVA are thrilled to host a primary debate with the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate,” said Adam Kimelman, Chairman of the College Republicans at UVA. “In doing so, we allow our members, as well as the members of the UVA and Charlottesville community, to hear from the candidates vying for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. We hope this debate will serve as an informative event for those casting their votes in the June 12 Republican primary election.”


About the Center for Effective Lawmaking: The mission of the Center for Effective Lawmaking is to advance the generation, communication, and use of new knowledge about the effectiveness of individual lawmakers and legislative institutions in Congress.  At the CEL, we envision a Congress comprised of effective lawmakers, strong institutional capacity, and the incentive structure needed to address America’s greatest public policy challenges. For more information, visit

About College Republicans at UVA: The College Republicans at the University of Virginia is a political organization dedicated to promoting Republican principles, electing Republican officials, and growing the Republican Party on grounds. In addition to holding speakers and events, the College Republicans travel to conservative conferences and campaign for Republican officials across Virginia and the nation.

About the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy: The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia is dedicated to developing leaders and generating new knowledge to solve the world’s toughest public policy challenges. The School’s programs inspire students to act vigorously, effectively, and ethically on behalf of the common good. Through training in policy analysis and critical leadership skills, the Batten School and its faculty serve as a model for transforming public policy education.