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Watch Utah's 4th Congressional Debate with Darlene McDonald and Burgess Owens

The second 4th Congressional District Debate of the election cycle got off to a rocky start with technical difficulties. While the debate was scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m., issues with the YouTube livestream postponed it until 5:30.

The debate was organized directly between incumbent Rep. Burgess Owens and his opponent, Darlene McDonald. A previous debate, held by the Utah Debate Commission, featured McDonald and United Utah Party candidate January Walker.

Owens refused to attend the Commission’s debate, citing concerns with moderator Lauren Gustus, Executive Editor of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Friday's debate was moderated by University of Utah Political Science Professor James Curry.

Find other debates from this election season here.

Emily Colby is a recent USU graduate in political science. She grew up listening to NPR in the car with her mom, but she fell in love with radio at UPR. Emily spent four years producing Access Utah and now manages UPR's website. She has also worked on the Utah Women and Leadership Podcast, and sometimes fills in as a host during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.