"The Idaho Debates" will feature candidates for seven statewide or congressional positions on the November ballot. All seven live debates are scheduled for the month of October.
Aired on Idaho Public Television, the debates are co-sponsored by the Idaho Press Club and the League of Women Voters of Idaho. Here is the schedule according to the Spokesman-Review's Betsy Russell, who as president of the Idaho Press Club volunteers for the panel that organizes the debates.
Oct. 7, 7 p.m.: Idaho secretary of state debate, featuring Republican Lawerence Denney and Democrat Holli Woodings.
Oct. 9, 7 p.m.: 1st Congressional District debate, featuring GOP Rep. Raul Labrador and Democratic challenger Shirley Ringo.
Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m.: Idaho state treasurer debate, featuring GOP Treasurer Ron Crane and Democratic challenger Deborah Silver.
Oct. 21, 7 p.m.: Idaho superintendent of public instruction debate, featuring GOP candidate Sherri Ybarra and Democratic candidate Jana Jones.
Oct. 26, 7 p.m.: 2nd Congressional District debate, featuring GOP Rep. Mike Simpson and Democratic challenger Richard Stallings.
Oct. 30, 7 p.m.: Idaho governor debate, featuring GOP Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian candidate John Bujak.
Oct. 30, 8:30 p.m.: Idaho lieutenant governor debate, featuring GOP Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Democratic challenger Bert Marley.
According to Russell, a U.S. Senate debate between GOP Sen. Jim Risch and Democratic challenger Nels Mitchell was planned for Oct. 12 but was canceled after Risch withdrew. Risch’s campaign manager, Melinda Smyser, said in a letter to "Idaho Debates" organizers, "It has been the senator’s custom to do one debate with his opponent," and Risch already has agreed to debate Mitchell on KTVB.