Campaign calendar: Sept. 15 update

(UPDATED, Sept. 15, with details on Caldwell Chamber of Commerce state superintendent’s debate.)

The 2014 campaign calendar is starting to take shape — with debates and forums in the works.

May 5 City Club Supt Debate
Republican state superintendent’s candidates square off at a May 5 City Club of Boise forum.

I’ll update this calendar as we get more details, but here’s what we know so far.


Gov. Butch Otter committed last week to four debates.

  • Oct. 3, Coeur d’Alene. Time and venue TBD.
  • Noon, Oct. 9, City Club of Idaho Falls forum, Idaho State University, Bennion Student Union Building, Idaho Falls.
  • 8 p.m., Oct. 14, KTVB debate, Northwest Nazarene University, Brandt Center, Nampa.
  • 7 p.m., Oct. 30, Idaho Public Television/League of Women Voters/Idaho Press Club debate, Idaho Public Television studios, Boise. This is part of the series of “Idaho Debates” on Public Television; click here for the full schedule.

“In order to reach the most voters possible, I’ve accepted debate invitations from different regions of the state, or debates that could be viewed via a statewide broadcast,” said Otter. “This way all Idahoans have access to get involved in learning more about my views and plans for the future.”

It’s unclear how many other candidates will attend these events — or receive an invitation. But the Oct. 30 Idaho Public Television debate will feature Otter, a Republican, Democrat A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian John Bujak.

Otter, a Republican, is also facing independent candidates Pro-Life and Jill Humble; and Constitution Party candidate Steve Pankey. Two other independents are running as write-ins: Larry Allen White and Kurt M. Wertzbaugher.

Superintendent of public instruction

Democrat Jana Jones and Republican Sherri Ybarra have agreed to four joint appearances:

  • 7 p.m., Sept. 23, Times-News/KMVT debate, Twin Falls.
  • 7 p.m., Sept. 25, Langroise Center, College of Idaho, Caldwell. This debate will be sponsored by the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce. Comments and questions can be submitted in advance to Theresa Hardin,
  • 11:45 a.m., Sept. 26, City Club of Boise forum, Grove Hotel, Boise. (Registration information here.)
  • Oct. 15, KTVB debate.
  • 7 p.m., Oct. 21, Idaho Public Television/League of Women Voters/Idaho Press Club debate.

The candidates are also considering a City Club forum in Idaho Falls, Jones spokesman Robert Allen said.

“This is definitely something we are looking forward to, especially given the low profile that our opponent has kept,” Allen said of the debate schedule. “Jana is very excited. She thinks this is a really important office and Idahoans have a right to know who the candidates are and where they stand on the issues. She is excited to have the opportunity to share a positive vision for Idaho public schools in a format that will reach a wide audience.”

Secretary of state

Reps. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, and Holli Woodings, D-Boise, are scheduled to appear at a City Club of Boise forum, at 11:45 a.m. on Oct. 6, at the Grove Hotel in Boise. (Registration information here.)

They will also square off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7, in an Idaho Public Television/League of Women Voters/Idaho Press Club debate.

Lieutenant governor

Republican incumbent Brad Little and Democratic challenger Bert Marley will debate at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, on Idaho Public Television.


GOP incumbent Ron Crane and Democratic challenger Deborah Silver have a debate set for 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, on Idaho Public Television.

Disclosure: As a City Club of Boise board member, I am organizing the superintendent’s and secretary of state’s forums. 

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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