INDIANAPOLIS–“Decision 2020: Electing Indiana’s Future,” the first policy discussion with the three candidates for Indiana governor, will air Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 9 p.m. on WFYI Indianapolis. Gov. Eric Holcomb (R), Woody Myers (D), and Donald Rainwater (L) recorded 30-minute conversations with former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard in late August. This is the third consecutive gubernatorial election in which the Indiana University Public Policy Institute hosted policy discussions with the candidates.
The 2020 gubernatorial and legislative elections will determine how Indiana pursues policies in education, infrastructure, taxation, health care, environmental policy, and much more. These policies affect Hoosiers in meaningful and sustained ways on a daily basis. In order to cast an informed vote, citizens must understand what the issues are, the candidates’ approaches to those issues, and the legal and political systems within which they must make their preferred policies work.
Faculty and staff from PPI’s Center for Civic Literacy identified key policy areas for Indiana in 2020, then enlisted experts in each of those areas to provide research and insight on those topics. The resulting eight issue briefs provide policymakers and citizens with important context and background on critical policy issues such as civic health, economic development, health care, and higher education.
Each brief provides thoughtful discussion, insights, and key questions about policies affecting Hoosiers, based upon research and analysis of available data, and points readers to local- and state-level resources offering additional information on the topic.
Shepard used the policy briefs and conversations with students from the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs to shape his questions for the candidates. Each candidate was given equal time with Shepard and WFYI will air all segments unedited and in their entirety.
WTIU in Bloomington and WNIT in South Bend will broadcast “Decision 2020: Electing Indiana’s Future” multiple times in advance of the Indiana Debate Commission’s first candidate debate on October 20. Below is the statewide programming schedule:
- Indianapolis: WFYI—September 17, 9 p.m.
- South Bend: WNIT—September 20, 1 p.m.; October 4, 9 p.m.; October 26, 10 p.m.
- Bloomington: WTIU—September 17, 8 p.m., September 19, 5 p.m., September 20, 2 p.m.
Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shepard’s interviews with the candidates were recorded August 31 at WFYI’s Indianapolis studio.