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Mac Warner, Natalie Tennant Debate, Hosted By WVPB, Airs Sept 17 At 6 PM

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting will air a debate between secretary of state candidates Natalie Tennant and incumbent Mac Warner on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.


The hour-long debate will be simulcast statewide on WVPB television, radio and digital networks. Senior reporter Dave Mistich hosts the event, which was taped online today, Sept. 10.

Warner, the Republican candidate, has served one term as secretary of state. He ousted Tennant, a Democrat, in 2017 after the former broadcaster had served two terms as secretary of state, starting in 2009.

Tennant, 52, is a native of Fairmont and a graduate of West Virginia University where she received a bachelor’s in journalism and a master’s in corporate and organizational communication. She was the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in 2014, but lost her election bid to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

Warner, 65, is a Morgantown native and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and West Virginia University’s law school. He received an LLM degree from the University of Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps.

“We are eager to offer an opportunity for these candidates to share their positions with West Virginia voters,” said Andrea Billups, WVPB’s director of news and public affairs. “We look forward to an informative and spirited exchange on important state issues.