Ybarra, Wilson to square off in one more debate

Idahoans have one more chance to watch schools chief Sherri Ybarra and challenger Cindy Wilson debate the most pressing issues in education.

Representatives from both candidates confirmed that KTVB is organizing a superintendent of public instruction debate to be held Oct. 29.

This is big news because Ybarra has rarely debated Wilson. The two both shared the stage during an August forum at the Idaho Association of School Administrators conference, but that wasn’t open to the public.

The main event was Friday, when Ybarra and Wilson mixed it up during a lively, issues-heavy debate broadcast statewide on Idaho Public Television.

Now, the rematch is set for Oct. 29 in Nampa. A copy of the debate invitation obtained by Idaho Education News indicates the debate will run from 4-5 p.m. Oct 29 at the Brandt Center on Northwest Nazarene University’s campus in Nampa. There will be no public seating for the debate, which will be broadcast live on KTVB throughout southwest Idaho, streamed online at www.ktvb.com and broadcast live on KTFT in the Twin Falls region.

KTVB anchor Dee Sarton will moderate the debate, while KTVB anchors Mark Johnson, Doug Petcash and Kim Fields will serve on the reporter panel asking questions.

In recent weeks, Wilson has participated in at least two debates that Ybarra declined to attend, including an Oct. 5 Idaho Falls City Club debate and a Oct. 9 Idaho Education News debate.

Further reading

Click here to watch Friday’s Idaho Public Television debate.

Click here to read a fact check of endorsement claims made during Friday’s debate.

And click here to read a fact check of school safety claims made during Friday’s debate.

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