2022 DC Debates

On this page you can learn about how to watch or listen to the 2022 DC Debates hosted by the DC Office of Campaign Finance. The 2022 DC Debates are the second debates under the Fair Elections Program (FEP). The debates will be held from May 16th through May 19th and candidates for the Mayor, Attorney General and At-Large Member of the Council races.

THE FAIR ELECTIONS PROGRAM

About FEP

Beginning with the 2020 election, the FEP is a voluntary public financing program, operated by the Office of Campaign Finance, to support candidates for local political office in the District of Columbia. The Fair Elections Program is monitored and administered by the District of Columbia Office of Campaign Finance.

The FEP has a mandatory requirement that all certified candidates running in a city-wide contested election for certain offices must participate in a minimum of one debate for the covered office. Any non-participating candidate (candidates registered within the Traditional Program and not in the FEP), who have registered for the covered office and qualified for the Ballot, may also participate in the debate. Where there is no other viable opposing FEP certified candidate, or other non-participating candidate willing to debate, the mandatory debate requirement shall be waived by OCF.

You can learn more about the Fair Elections Program here.

Where to Watch?

You will be able to stream the debates live at DCDebates.com

Links to watch or listen to the recording later will be available on this website as the details are finalized.

TUNE-IN LIVE • WATCH ON-DEMAND

When to Watch 

Mayor of the District of Columbia

May 16, 2022 • 7:00-8:30 PM

Attorney General for the District of Columbia

May 17, 2022 • 7:00-8:30 PM

At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia

May 19, 2022 • 7:00-8:30 PM

Council Chair of the District of Columbia

The Democratic Primary debate for Council Chair was originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, 2022. The debate has been cancelled because there is only one FEP candidate in the race and the non-FEP candidate declined to participate.

MODERATORS

Julie Zauzmer Weil

Julie Zauzmer Weil covers Washington’s local government. She has worked at The Post since 2013, including four years covering religion in America.

Michael Brice-Saddler

Michael Brice-Saddler covers D.C. government and politics for The Post’s Metro desk. He joined The Post in June 2018. Before moving to local politics, he covered national and breaking news on the general assignment desk.

BECOME A PARTNER

Partners

On behalf of the DC Office of Campaign Finance, we are extending an invitation to community-based, non-partisan organizations to serve as partners for the 2022 DC Debates hosted by the Office of Campaign Finance. We are looking for strong partners to help spread the word to District Voters. Becoming a partner does not involve monetary donations. We do ask that partners help promote the debates on their social media channels. Please note that the Office of Campaign Finance cannot accept partners with overtly partisan political agenda.