“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.
“I run to replace a career politician with a citizen legislator,” said Mitchell, a first-time candidate who announced his campaign at the Boise Depot Tuesday. “I run to help restore the vision of our founding fathers. Jim Risch has lost touch with the concept of public service, and, more importantly, with the people of Idaho. It is time for him to retire.”
Mitchell, 60, said he would serve a single six-year term if elected. “I will be beholden to no one but the people of Idaho,” he said.
Read more here: Idaho Statesman
Idaho ranks 50th in the nation in the amount we invest in each student. We rank 47th in the rate of high school graduates who go on to college. State cuts in education spending have forced 40 districts to hold school only four days a week. Education and our economy go hand in hand. We are 50th in the nation in per-capita income, and second in minimum-wage jobs. Idahoans are commuting out of state or working two jobs to make ends meet. The lack of good-paying jobs is undermining our wonderful quality of living. This is unacceptable.
Idaho’s oldest newspaper “Idaho County Free Press” recently ran a wonderful article on Holli Woodings, candidate for Secretary of State. In the article Holli said that, “The people that I’ve talked to are really tired of the partisanship,” and how that divisiveness leads to bad policy.