The Washing State Wire has announced it is hosting a virtual debate between the general election candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction.  The 2020 OSPI General Election Debate is scheduled for Tuesday September 17th from 7-8pm and advance registration is required, though signing up is free.  

In the primary, incumbent Chris Reykdal, a Democrat, won 40.24% of the vote in a field of six candidates. He’ll face Maia Espinoza, a conservative who ran for the state House as a Republican in 2018. Espinoza could pick up a significant number of votes from supporters of the candidates who didn’t advance.

The OSPI is technically a nonpartisan office, but the race has been animated by partisan divisions over the sex education bill that passed this session. In addition to overseeing health education, the winner of this race will guide the state’s public education system through an unprecedented transition to remote learning for many schools as the pandemic wears on. The debate will broadcast free of charge, and via our partners at TVW, but advance registration is required.

More info at WA State Wire