State superintendent candidates to debate tonight

The two Republicans running for superintendent of public instruction will square off tonight in a live debate that will be televised statewide.

At 8 p.m. Mountain Time, incumbent schools chief Sherri Ybarra and Wilder Superintendent Jeff Dillon will mix it up during the Idaho Debates, which will be broadcast live on Idaho Public Television and streamed on Idaho Education News’ Facebook page.

Just as in Monday’s GOP governor’s debate, Idaho EdNews is partnering on tonight’s superintendent’s debate. Journalist Clark Corbin will serve on the reporter panel and ask questions of both candidates during the one-hour debate.

Organizers of the Idaho Debates cancelled the Democratic superintendent of public instruction debate earlier this month because candidate Allen Humble failed to provide evidence that he is actively campaigning for the nomination.

The Idaho Debates are a partnership between the Idaho Press Club, Idaho Public Television, Boise State University’s School of Public Service, University of Idaho’s McClure Center, Idaho State University’s department of political science and the League of Women Voters.

Idaho’s primary election is May 15. To check whether you are a registered voter and where your precinct is, visit

The Idaho Debates schedule

  • 8 p.m., Friday, April 27: Republican superintendent of public instruction debate

You can watch both debates LIVE on the Idaho Ed News Facebook page.

Catch up on Idaho EdNews’ state superintendent candidate forum

On April 10, three of the four candidates vying for superintendent of public instruction participated in forum sponsored by Idaho EdNews, Boise State University and Boise State Public Radio. Video of the forum is available on Idaho EdNews’ Facebook page.

Catch up on Monday’s governor’s debate

On Monday GOP front-runners Tommy Ahlquist, Lt. Gov. Brad Little and U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador. EdNews reporter Kevin Richert served on the panel and covered the debate.

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