Simpson, Swisher to debate next week

The candidates running to represent Idaho’s Second Congressional District will face off next week in what is, so far, the only in-person debate for federal office of this year’s election cycle.

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, the incumbent Republican who represents eastern and central Idaho, will face his Democratic opponent Aaron Swisher in a debate organized by Boise TV station KTVB on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

KTVB had also tried to organize debates between incumbent U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, and his Democratic opponent Paulette Jordan, and U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher, the Republican who represents western and northern Idaho’s First Congressional District, and his Democratic opponent Rudy Soto. However, Risch and Fulcher both declined, KTVB has reported. The City Club of Idaho Falls also tried to organize a debate between Jordan and Risch, but Risch declined, the City Club’s David Adler said last week.

There are several debates coming up between local state legislative candidates. Rep. Julianne Young, R-Blackfoot, who represents Bingham County’s District 31, is scheduled to face her Democratic opponent Travis Oler from noon to 1:30 p.m. on


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