Suffrage 2020


Sight Center of NW PA
2545 W 26th Street
Erie Pennsylvania 16506
Pennsylvania US
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 1:30pm

Local Debates hosted by the League of Women Voters

Erie News Now, in partnership with WQLN (PBS) in Erie and The League of Women Voters, has announced it will host two upcoming broadcast political debates.


Incumbent Republican Representative Mike Kelly will debate challenger Democrat Kristy Gnibus during a moderated one-hour debate.  Both candidates are running for Pennsylvania’s 16th district in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The debate airs on WICU 12 (NBC) on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. without commercial interruption.  A repeat of the debate airs Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7 a.m. on WICU 12.  Additional broadcasts are planned on Erie News Now+, the station’s 24-hour local news and weather channel available over-the-air on WSEE 35.3 and streaming on VUit.


Erie News Now reporters will moderate the debate, held at WQLN studios. 


“Erie News Now is proud to partner with WQLN/PBS of Erie and the League of Women Voters," said Scott MacDowell, news director for Erie News Now. "In this historical political season, we felt it was critical to deliver these debates to help our viewers make informed voting decisions.”


Rep. Kelly was elected to the House in 2010.  He is a business owner who considers himself a conservative.  Ms. Gnibus is a teacher working to complete her PhD.  She is campaigning as a representative of working families.


A debate between candidates for Pennsylvania’s 49th district Senate seat will air on WICU 12 (NBC) on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.  Incumbent Republican Senator Dan Laughlin will debate challenger Julie Slomski.  Laughlin was elected to the seat in 2016.  Ms. Slomski was appointed Northwest Regional Director of Pennsylvania in 2015 by Governor Wolf.


The 60-minute debate held at WQLN will include questions from Erie News Now reporters.  There will be no commercial interruptions.

A replay will air on WICU 12 Sunday, Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m.  It will be rebroadcast periodically on Erie News Now+.


Due to COVID-19, no in-studio audience is permitted.



Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District Debate
Thursday, October 15 at 8pm
Sunday, October 18 at 2pm

Pennsylvania's State Senate District 49 Debate
Thursday, October 22 at 8pm
Sunday, October 25 at 2pm


The Justice Bell replica commissioned by the Justice Bell foundation, sits in residence at the Hagan History Center through September 10, 2020, made possible by a sponsorship through High Mark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, initiated by the League of Women Voters Erie County Chapter. 

 Justice Bell in Erie

For more information on the Justice Belll Foundation and the story of the Justice Bell, a Pennsylvania political icon in the women's suffrage movement, please visit:




You are invited to a regular monthly meeting of the League of Women Voters Erie County Chapter the third Wednesday of the month Please check FB events for details.  All are welcome--men, women, students.  The meeting is currently held in the lower level community room of the Sight Center of NW PA beginning at 1:30 PM and lasting about 1 1/2 hours. 2020 is the 100th birthday of the LWV US and the Erie League.  2020 also is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and a Presidential election year.  The emphasis is on voter registration and voting in all elections.

We welcome new members and volunteers who would like to help with voter registrations. Voter registration/voter education events are already being planned and underway. 

All Covid-190 Health Precautions apply.  We maintain a small group (under 25), social distancing, and all participants wear masks.  


The next Erie League meeting will be Wednesday, September 16th, 1:30 PM at the Sight Center of NW PA in the upstairs Conference Room.  Please join us!  Do you need more information? Email lwverie [at]


National Voter Registration Day - Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020


Special League Centennial Programming on WQLN PBS to be aired in August.  Here is the link to the Erie League's signature 2020 suffrage centennial educational event:  Trailblazers:  Women's Fight for the Vote on WQLN PBS-- 


 Currently gearing up for voter registration for the November 3rd election with Erie County partners.  Please email lwverie@gmail .com to help. All Covid-19 precautions are practiced by the League of Women Voters Erie County Chapter.



Contact Information
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