In April, Idaho Public Television begins to air The Idaho Debates, featuring primary candidates for Idaho’s statewide and congressional offices. This year’s primary races include governor, lieutenant governor, Congressional District 1, treasurer and superintendent of public instruction.
The following debates have been scheduled to air on IdahoPTV but may change due to candidate participation. Check listings at idahoptv.org/schedules for times and dates of additional debates. After they air, the debates will also be available for streaming online at idahoptv.org/elections.
April 17 at 7 PM: Lieutenant Governor, Republican
April 19 at 8:30 PM: Treasurer, Republican
April 22 at 7 PM: Governor, Democrat
April 23 at 8 PM: Governor, Republican
April 27 at 8 PM: Superintendent of Public Instruction, Republican
April 29 at 6:30 PM: Congressional District 1, Republican
The Idaho Debates is a partnership with the Idaho Press Club, Boise State University’s School of Public Service, University of Idaho’s McClure Center, Idaho State University’s School of Political Science, and the League of Women Voters’ Voter Education Fund.
Based upon the 1998 U.S. Supreme Court decision Arkansas vs Forbes, the partners have established “reasonable” and “viewpoint-neutral” criteria for participation in these statewide debates, and will apply those criteria consistently to determine if a candidate is conducting an active campaign. The following letter went out to each candidate.